Press Release Article


Date: Dec 11, 2017
Press Release Number: 226-2017

Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) officers took quick and decisive action to apprehend a suspect linked to this morning’s explosion in a passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, helping to ensure public safety and restore calm after the incident.

After touring the bus terminal and speaking with police and facility employees, Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Executive Director Rick Cotton praised the actions of four officers who responded to the incident in an underground subway pedestrian passageway near the PABT during the height of this morning’s rush hour. They subdued the suspect and placed him under arrest, with the case now under the jurisdiction of federal authorities.

To ensure public safety and security, Port Authority Police and PABT staff then acted to temporarily close the Port Authority Bus Terminal, so the facility could be swept for potential explosive devices and to assist with an orderly evacuation.

“Thanks to the quick response of these brave Port Authority Police officers, the suspect was apprehended, there were no serious injuries and the PABT was secured without further incident,” Chairman O’Toole said. “Our officers responded immediately and put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public.”

Executive Director Rick Cotton said, “Our officers’ actions were commendable and we are thankful there were no serious injuries to any travelers.”

Port Authority officials are working to restore normal operations at the bus terminal to the extent possible by the afternoon/evening commute, and will be providing updates periodically as conditions change.

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