November 22nd, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Father of New York terror suspect disputes charges

The father of a man accused of plotting terror attacks in New York says the charges against his son don't add up.

"It is an accusation that does not seem very true, because my son was never involved in any terrorist acts," father Juan Jose Pimentel told CNN en Español Tuesday.

Pimentel, who lives in the Dominican Republic, said his son - 27-year-old Jose Pimentel - had been depressed for the past two years, ever since he and his wife separated.

"He had his son and she took his son and he was depressed because of this. But he has been a happy and normal boy and never had any problem with terrorism," Juan Jose Pimentel said.

Authorities described Jose Pimentel as a "lone wolf" who was inspired by al Qaeda propaganda to plot attacks against police officers, patrol cars and troops returning from military service abroad.

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  1. banasy©

    If it is, chrissy, then we'll be hearing more about other nefarious misdeeds being twarted by Captain Bloomberg!

    I jest, though.
    JIF, any thoughts? Is it election time in NYC?

    November 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    @ Chrissy, RE underwear bomber.

    I hadn't heard that, but I suppose he would call authorities if he caught him practicing one day. There aren't many ways you can explain THAT away.

    November 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    We just had some minor elections in NYC.
    My polling place was not crowded. I voted because Republicans DO–remember that.
    I support Bloomberg.

    November 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ BOMBO, the only reason i remember it so well is cuz i live so close to the airport he attempted to blow up with the plane. Its been big news here. And his father who lives in europe notified authorities when he learned his son was linked up with alqueda

    November 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ma & pa

    c irc um s tan stan ces? do cu ment? are we to shift and channel our clean minds to freaking perversions so our comments pass a censor? we should not be forced to shift from innocence but instead, by the millions, cleanly use such clean words in clean context until the censoring machine blushes at its own thoughts of nastiness and reprograms itself.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Shane

    Wow

    November 23, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
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