Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the NYPD busted a lone-wolf terror suspect without the FBI because it didn’t want to waste any time.
“We had to act quickly because he was, in fact, putting this bomb together,” Kelly said of Al Qaeda sympathizer Jose Pimentel.
“He was drilling the holes and it would have been not appropriate for us to let him walk out the door with that bomb.”
He said the Police Department worked with the feds on the case before Pimentel, 27, was arrested Saturday and charged Sunday — but couldn’t wait for their “assessment process” to move in.
“We had to act,” he said.
Pimentel, a Dominican-born U.S. citizen, was charged with plotting to kill cops and soldiers with bombs he was building in his Manhattan apartment from an Al Qaeda recipe.
He was within an hour of finishing a powerful pipe bomb when the NYPD busted him as he worked at the Harlem apartment of a police informant at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Kelly said Pimentel, 27, of Manhattanville, planned to test three bombs on mailboxes and was plotting eventually to use explosives on soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Pimentel also planned to bomb NYPD cruisers, a police station in Bayonne, N.J., and postal facilities, authorities said.
Pimentel, who went by the alias Muhammad Yusuf, told an informant posing as an Al Qaeda sympathizer he would show "there was mujahedeen in the city, ready to fight jihad here."
"The suspect was a so-called lone wolf, motivated by his own resentment of the presence of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as inspired by Al Qaeda propaganda," Mayor Bloomberg said at a press conference Sunday night, adding that Pimentel apparently had no links to an organized Al Qaeda cell.
Kelly said NYPD intelligence officers had been monitoring the suspect since May 2009, when he lived in Schenectady and mouthed off about wanting to go to Yemen and train to "become a martyr in the name of jihad."discount shox