Muslim knife-carrying immigrant enters New York school

This scary story is a few days old.  I came upon it last night as I cruised around to some of my favorite sites—including Jihad Watch.

Here is how Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch opens his report on the incident about a man, believed to be a Muslim immigrant with a knife in an elementary school, that occurred in Piermont, near Nyack, NY:

When confronted, according to a source close to the events, he explained that he was lost and was looking for Fort Dix — the site of an attempted jihad attack in 2008. This report offers scant details, and there are apparently few to be had, but I am sure that Abdulrahim Sulaiman just wanted to help slash open the piñata at the school party, or perhaps help cut the lunchmeat at Fort Dix.

Just now as I researched the story, I couldn’t find the reference Mr. Spencer makes regarding Ft. Dix.  That reference is initially what caught my eye because I grew up near Ft. Dix and had visited the area of New York where the school is located and I know they are no where near each other.   Ft. Dix is in south central New Jersey, 95 miles south of the elementary school.  However,  the Tappan Zee elementary school is less than 31 miles down the Hudson River from the US Military Academy at West Point.  If I were investigators I wouldn’t be anxious to let this guy go!

Here then is the story of what happened at the end of last week.  From

PIERMONT — A Connecticut man found trespassing Wednesday at a South Orangetown elementary school was arrested at a nearby store while carrying a knife, police said.

Abdulrahim Sulaiman, 23, [no hint of his ethnicity, but sounds Somali] of Bridgeport had already entered the main lobby of Tappan Zee Elementary School before 8 a.m. Wednesday, when he was spotted by school officials, police said.

After a call from Principal William Lee, police officers from Piermont and Orangetown arrived and arrested Sulaiman at a nearby convenience store.

Police said Sulaiman was carrying a gravity knife at the time of his arrest. The knife is similar to a switchblade.

In an e-mail to parents, Lee said he had questioned Sulaiman “for a few minutes” before asking him to leave.

No one was injured.

Lee said classes were not canceled, but students and staff were on lockdown while police swept the building.

Sulaiman was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both misdemeanors.

He was being held in the Rockland County jail. Bail was set at $5,000 cash. He is due in court Feb. 3. 


It remained unclear why Sulaiman had entered the school.   [Testing us?  Or, missed West Point by 30 miles?]

Another hint to investigators, check the International Institute in Bridgeport, CT, a refugee resettlement agency affiliated with US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and see if he is one of their recently resettled refugees or students.

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