NEW YORK (FOX5NY) — The man who police say transformed a New York City bike path into a terror scene 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.”
Details of the life of the suspect — who had no known social media accounts — has just begun to emerge in the hours after Tuesday’s attack that killed eight people and injured at least 11.
The Department of Homeland Security said Saipov entered the United States in 2010 under a diversity visa program.
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.
Uber issued a statement saying: “We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance.”
The company said it banned him from the service after the attack. It said it was in touch with the FBI and offered its assistance.
Uber said it was aggressively and quickly reviewing Saipov’s history with Uber, but had not immediately identified any related concerning safety reports.”
With the Associated Press