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Man who spotted NYC, N.J. bombing suspect was doubted by friend

Man who spotted NYC, N.J. bombing suspect was doubted by friend

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, September 19, 2016, 3:16 PM

If you see something, say something — even if your friend thinks you’re crazy.

The alleged terrorist suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey was captured Monday after a pair of eagle-eyed friends spotted him sleeping in the doorway of a Linden, N.J. deli.

Ahmad Khan Rahami’s alleged terror spree ended with a rude awakening when Jack Mazza and several buddies ambled by Costas deli shortly before 11 a.m.

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Two officers were wounded in the shootout before Rahami, who suffered a bullet wound to the leg, was captured.

(Moshe Weiss/AP)

Mazza, 55, a mechanic who works at a shop around the corner, said he saw Rahami sleeping on the ground in a hooded sweatshirt

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“That’s the guy,” said Harry, the deli owner, according to Mazza. “That’s the guy that planted the bomb.”

“I said, `No, it’s not,’” Mazza recalled. “You can’t even see his face. How do you know?’” “Because he had a hoodie on,” Harry said.

Mazza said he bent down for a closer look.

“I don’t know,” he told his friend. “Call the cops if you think it’s him.”

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“It was definitely the guy who was in the news,” said Chris Ricco, 42, who had been walking with Mazza. “Harry tried to wake him up. He told him to f–k off. So he called the police.”

Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Ahmad Khan Rahami.

A surveillance image of Ahmad Khan Rahami.

A surveillance image of Ahmad Khan Rahami.

(NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE / HANDOUT/EPA)

The alleged terrorist suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey was captured after a pair of friends spotted him sleeping in the doorway of a Linden, N.J. deli.

Moments later, Linden cops showed up, and Mazza and Ricco had a front-row seat to a shootout.

“The guy pulled out a gun and started shooting through the glass of them,” Mazza said. “Then he ran out and took off down Elizabeth Avenue.

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Ahmad Khan Rahami’s alleged terror spree ended with a rude awakening when Jack Mazza and several buddies ambled by Costas deli shortly before 11 a.m.

(Marcus Santos/New York Daily News)

“The cops were chasing him and he was shooting while he was running. I guess he was trying to shoot the cops but he was hitting passing cars. It’s a miracle nobody got hurt. He could have hit us. He could have it anyone.”

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Juan Villaface, 32, also witnessed the commotion.

“We said to the owner, `The guy’s sleeping,’” Villaface said. “He called the cops. He said, `The cops are on their way.’ When the cop came, they knocked on the glass. He shot at him right away. I heard two shots. Cops ran this way, toward Elizabeth Avenue. I ran into the store.”

Two officers were wounded in the shootout before Rahami, who suffered a bullet wound to the leg, was captured.

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