USA v. Saipov, Sayfullo
New York, NY
Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)
[SDNY] On Oct. 31, 2017, Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov drove a rented pickup truck into cyclists and runners on a bike lane and pedestrian walkway in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The vehicle-ramming attack killed eight people and injured 11 others. A flag and a document indicating allegiance to the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and a-Sham (ISIS) were found in the truck. Saipov, who had immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010, was charged in a federal complaint with destruction of a motor vehicle and providing material support to a terrorist organization. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty of a jury convicts Saipov. The Halloween Day attack was the deadliest in New York City since the 9/11 attacks. Saipov has pleaded not guilty but may change his plea to guilty and accept a life imprisonment if the government agrees not to seek his execution. According to a February 2020 government filing, Saipov threatened to decapitate a federal corrections officer for repeatedly waking him while he was incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.