Suspected Islamic extremist who attacked NYPD cops with ID’d machete
The suspected Islamic extremist who attacked several NYPD officers with a machete near the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square has been identified as 19-year-old Trevor Bickford, multiple law enforcement sources said Sunday.
Cops were working on a New Year’s Eve detail in Times Square when two of them were struck in the head with a large knife in what police are investigating as a possible targeted attack around 10 p.m., the sources said.
One of the cops, who is assigned to the Police Academy, suffered a laceration to the head. A Staten Island officer suffered blunt force trauma to the head. They were both taken to Bellevue Hospital.
A third officer suffered unknown injuries and was taken to Mount Sinai West. All three were expected to recover.
One of the cops shot Bickford, who lives in Wells, Maine, in the shoulder after he approached them on Eighth Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets, the sources said.
The cops who were attacked with the large knife were outside the security screening area, officials said.