Ahmad Khan Rahami allegedly set bombs in New York and New Jersey in September 2016. They didn’t do much damage and Rahami was located sleeping in a doorway. The New York (NY) Daily News came up with the nickname “bumbling bomber” in this September 19, 2016 tweet:
“Tomorrow’s front page:
Bumbling bomber asleep in deli doorway before cops nab him in wild N.J. shootout”
Wikipedia: 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings
On September 17–19, 2016, there were four bombings or bombing attempts in the New York metropolitan area, specifically in Seaside Park, New Jersey; Manhattan, New York; and Elizabeth, New Jersey.
On September 17, at about 9:30 a.m., a pipe bomb exploded in a trash can along the route of a United States Marine Corps charity run in Seaside Park. No one was injured. Later that day, at about 8:30 p.m., a homemade pressure cooker bomb exploded on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Thirty-one civilians were injured, 24 of whom were taken to the hospital. A second pressure cooker bomb, with wires and a mobile phone attached, was discovered by authorities on West 27th Street, four blocks away. Late on September 18, multiple bombs were discovered inside a suspicious package at the Elizabeth train station. One of those bombs detonated early the next day during the police investigation, and no injuries were reported.
On September 19, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified Ahmad Khan Rahami as a suspect in all of the incidents. He was captured hours later after a shootout in Linden, New Jersey.
New York Daily News
Tomorrow’s front page:
Bumbling bomber asleep in deli doorway before cops nab him in wild N.J. shootout http://nydn.us/2dc3kV1
6:00 PM - 19 Sep 2016
@bmaz bmaz Retweeted Armando
“Bumbling Bomber Asleep In Deli Doorway"bmaz added,
I knew Mohammed Atta. Atta was a terrorist of ours. You’re no Mohammed Atta. https://twitter.com/bmaz/status/778025850683858948 …
7:26 PM - 19 Sep 2016
Daily News (New York, NY)
Cops arrest New Jersey resident Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted for NYC and N.J. bombings, after he shoots police officer
BY EDGAR SANDOVAL, CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS and GRAHAM RAYMAN
Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 9:51 AM
The bumbling terrorist who set off panic in Chelsea and a New Jersey town this weekend — but failed to detonate eight other explosives — was busted Monday after getting into a shootout with police.
A bloodied Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was arrested at 11 a.m. in Linden, N.J., only hours after the NYPD had set off a cell phone alert to millions notifying them that he was wanted in the spree of attacks.
“Bumbling bomber” faces terrorism charges… after putting NY and NJ in fear
20 Sep 2016
The bumbling bomber who was arrested after a Monday morning manhunt could face federal terrorism or weapons charges, which would put him behind bars for life if he’s convicted.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, who set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey and planted even more that didn’t detonate, faces five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer for his shootout with police before his capture in Linden, N.J. He is being held on $5.2 million bails.
Media coverage of NYC’s bumbling bomber gave the impression that we’re at risk, even as we’re safer than ever
9:59 AM - 20 Sep 2016