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Suspect in New York attack was issued ticket in Platte County, records show

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Sayfullo Saipov is accused of hopping a curb in lower Manhattan, killing 8 and injuring several others. Credit: St/. Charles Co. PD Sayfullo Saipov is accused of hopping a curb in lower Manhattan, killing 8 and injuring several others. Credit: St/. Charles Co. PD
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The man who police say transformed a New York City bike path into a terror scene that killed at least eight people has ties to the State of Missouri. 

Details of the life of the suspect — who had connections to many places across the U.S. but no known social media accounts — have begun to emerge after Tuesday's attack.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said Sayfullo Saipov, 29, of Tampa, FL was operating a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer northbound on Interstate 29 when he checked into the Missouri State Highway Patrol Weigh Station just north of Platte City. 

Saipov’s truck was inspected, and he was issued a traffic ticket for an equipment violation for the right side brake lining having multiple cracks over one-and-one-half inch.

He was directed to pay a fine of $129.50 by mail or notify the Fine Collection Center in Jefferson City that he wished to plead not guilty.  

Saipov did neither within 30 days, and the ticket was forwarded to the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

On April 5, 2016, the equipment violation ticket was filed in Platte County Circuit Court, a warrant was issued for Saipov, and the court set bond in the amount of $200.

On October 20, 2016, Saipov was arrested in St. Charles County, MO on the Platte County warrant. That same day, Saipov posted the $200 bond and was given a court date in Platte County of November 16, 2016.   

Saipov did not appear in Platte County on November 16, 2016 and a conviction and judgment was entered against him for the equipment violation ticket. The court ordered Saipov’s cash bond in the amount of $200 to be applied to a fine of $129.50 and court costs of $70.50. 

The Missouri Highway Patrol said on Dec. 16, 2015 in Platte County, Saipov stopped at a scale house located on Interstate 29.  He was driving a commercial vehicle.  Following the inspection, Saipov was issued a citation for improper brakes on his vehicle.  He was then released. 

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of the terrorist attack in New York and their families," Zahnd said.

Saipov was an Uzbekistan native who made 1,400 trips as an Uber driver and formed two commercial truck businesses.

A family friend called Sayfullo Saipov hard-working and neighbors said he would play with the children in a Florida apartment complex. President Trump derided the suspect as "sick and deranged."

Here's what is known so far:

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A YOUNG IMMIGRANT

Officials who were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity identified Saipov as the attacker and said he is 29 and originally from Uzbekistan.

He came to the U.S. legally in 2010, the officials said, and acquaintances said he lived first in Ohio after his arrival.

Dilnoza Abdusamatova, said Saipov briefly stayed with his family in a Cincinnati suburb upon immigrating.

"He always used to work," Abdusamatova told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "He wouldn't go to parties or anything. He only used to come home and rest and leave and go back to work."

A marriage license filed in Summit County, Ohio, lists a man by the name of Sayfulloh Saipov marrying Nozima Odilova on April 12, 2013. It said the couple were living in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, at the time.

The license listed Saipov as a truck driver. His wife is about six years younger. Both listed Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as their hometown.

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FLORIDA

Authorities said Saipov had a Florida driver's license and some public records showed an address for him at a Tampa apartment complex.

Residents at that complex said FBI agents came by Tuesday evening and conducted interviews.

Michael Roberts, 30, an overnight shift worker, said he was asleep when the agents showed up at about 5:30 p.m. but that they interviewed his cousin. He said both he and his cousin had moved in only a week ago and had never heard of Saipov.

A friend who met Saipov in Florida, Kobiljon Matkarov, told The New York Times and the New York Post that he seemed like a "very good guy."

"My kids like him too. He is always playing with them," Matkarov told the Post.

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NEW JERSEY

Officials said Saipov was living recently in New Jersey, where he allegedly rented a Home Depot pickup truck an hour before driving it onto the bike path.

On Tuesday night, police investigating the deadly rampage surrounded a white Toyota minivan with Florida plates parked in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey.

The van was parked near the company's rental trucks

Law enforcement cordoned off an apartment building in Paterson, New Jersey, early Wednesday. Officers also searched a garage. The building's manager told The Record newspaper that Saipov lived with his wife and two children in a two-bedroom apartment.

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UBER DRIVER

The ride-hailing company Uber said Saipov passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips.

The company said it was in touch with the FBI and offered its assistance and that it was reviewing Saipov's driving history but found no related safety reports.

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