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Records show Ohio business licenses registered to New York City terror suspect

Former Cincinnati neighbor: He kept to himself
NYC terror suspect had business licenses in Ohio
Posted at 8:15 PM, Oct 31, 2017

CINCINNATI -- Official records show two Ohio businesses registered in the name of Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old man police suspect of killing eight people in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon.

According to state records, Saipov registered active business licenses for Sayf Motors Inc. in Symmes Township in 2011 and Bright Auto LLC, a one-man trucking company listed in Stow, Ohio, in 2013. That's the same year that CNN reports Saipov married another Uzbek national in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Brooke Carey, a woman at the apartment complex listed as the address for that Symmes Township business, said she remembered a man named Saipov living there in 2016. 

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"We've lived here for a little over two years and when you showed me the picture, (I knew) 'Yeah, that's him,'" Carey said.

She described the apartment complex as a safe, gated community, making the revelation that a neighbor she described as "keeping to himself" was suspected in a mass murder even more unsettling.

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"I'm in complete shock, just total shock," Steve Newman, another neighbor, said. "I'm still in shock. It's hard to believe."

The Washington Post reported another local woman said Saipov lived with her family in Cincinnati for his first two weeks in the country because their fathers were friends. She told the Post that Saipov then moved to Florida.

Law enforcement sources told CNN Saipov most recently lived in Paterson, New Jersey, where the truck used in Tuesday's attack was rented.

According to Uber, Saipov worked as a driver for the past six months without any rider complaints about his safety as a driver. He passed the company's background check, though he has now been removed from the app, Uber said.

According to New York City authorities, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Saipov drove a rented Home Depot truck into a bicycle lane near the World Trade Center, apparently imitating the vehicle-based terror attacks that have claimed dozens of lives in France and Germany

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Police said he emerged from the wrecked truck with a pair of fake firearms -- a paintball gun and an air rifle -- and shouted "Allahu Akbar" before being shot by police. Saipov was hospitalized after the shooting and remains in police custody, de Blasio said.  

Due to the nature of the attack and the suspect's words as he exited his vehicle, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force will lead the investigation into the incident.

Cuomo called it a "lone wolf" attack and said there was no evidence to suggest it was part of a wider plot. Although the Islamic State group had not claimed responsibility for the attack by Tuesday night, President Donald Trump connected the attack to the terrorist group in a series of tweets expressing his support for victims.