Crime: plotting to detonate pipe bombs in and around NYC, according to mayor Bloomberg
Targets: US military personel who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, New York and new Jersey police, and US postal facilities
Arrested: Saturday, November 19, 2011 @ 3:30 PM
The police commissioner identified the suspect as a follower of Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born cleric who rose to become a top figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Pimental allegedly tried to contact al-Awlaki directly, but never got a response.
An unemployed native of the Dominican Republican who is a U.S. citizen, Pimentel had been monitored by authorities since 2009 and his extreme positions "made some of his like-minded friends nervous," said Kelly.[...]
"We knew for the last two years, he's been reading a lot of jihadist information and talked a lot of inflammatory rhetoric," Kelly said. "But it appears at this juncture the death of Anwar al-Awlaki motivated him and made him increase his tempo." [source]