April 30th, 2010
02:09 PM ET

NYC police: Man with cyanide, flares arrested in subway

[Updated at 2:05 p.m.] "This was not part of a terrorist attack," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Paul Browne. "He wanted to find a place in the tunnel where no one would find a body."

Subway workers saw the man walking on the tracks between Brooklyn's Borough Hall station and the Bowling Green station in Manhattan at 5:30 a.m. ET, Cavitolo said. They called police when they realized he was not an employee.

The man was carrying flares, water bottles, and a one-quart canister that contained sodium cyanide, he said.

Investigators believe he planned to drink the cyanide to kill himself, he said.

Browne said subway passengers were never in danger.

"Sodium cyanide does not have explosive capability, but is extremely toxic, especially when mixed with water," he said.

The man had no contact with  passengers, he added.

[Posted at 12;15 p.m.] New York Police arrested a college student who they say carried cyanide and flares into a Manhattan subway Friday morning.

The 20-year-old man, who was wearing a fake transit system vest, told police he planned to kill himself, New York Police Detective Joseph Cavitolo said.

- CNN's Susan Candiotti, Hussein Saddique and Chris Kokenes contributed to this report.

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  1. bob

    i actually like this approach. there is no editorializing . no fluff, no speculation. what more do you need to know.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RickyJ

    that's why this is CNN Blog

    April 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. paul

    this is obviously a a confused and deranged young man, i don,t think he meant to hurt anyone , it just seems like he was trying to reach out to someone for help, i hope they will be able to give him the necessary medical treatment he needs, it is a shame for such a young person to go so terribley wrong with his early life,

    April 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BigBoy

    I have to agree with "metoo" about putting information out that might be used to harm others. There's just too much of it out there. Don't believe me? Check out the bottlebomb story on Snopes.com. With that much information available on how to make this type of bomb, I've had to warned all my family and friends.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gene

    I have to agree that CNN is getting poorer at providing details, especially over the past nine-twelve months. I find myself going to other sources more and more.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    CNN is learning quite a bit from FOX news lately.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IMANUYAWKA

    Use your heads, people. You can wait until all the facts are in to print a story or you can submit "just a headline." One way there's little info, the other way you take too long to report it.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JC

    If you want to kill yourself fine, just go to some remote place and 'do the deed' – however you want to do it... If you need help – go get help.. don't put others at risk!

    April 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. R. A. Williamson

    If someone wants to commit suicide I think society should help them along. There is enough BS in life without worrying a wits-slap about these idiots.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    W...T...H... terrorism only gets 2 sentences and the damned ipad gets pages upon pages??? NEWS?!?!?!?!?!!?!? cripes.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. spg

    why not just jump in front of the train and kill himself? sounds like an awful lot of trouble to off yourself.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. p

    whoever posted this article should be fired for the lack of facts. g et a life you chump

    April 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hypatia

    Did he have a note from Mommy? CNN WTF is UP with you guys today? You've been slipping bad but twice in one morning. First you're taking Italian headlines at face value without any further attempt to verify them. Now you report a cyanide subway attack in two sentences.

    You need new journalists. Stat!

    April 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TruthSeeker

    The Feds allowed the xmas day bomber on the plane so as not to spoil another investigation, yet Janet N. uses it as an excuse to sell airport body scanners, which by the way, former homeland security head Chertoff is coincidentally on the board of the company that makes them! Don't believe me, look up the congressional testimory yourself – it's even on wikipedia.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. YOU are the weakest link

    Directed at the first few comments: Hello you idiots, this is just a news blurb to get the word out FAST about what happened – CNN will expand on the news story as they get more details. Also, he was wearing a "fake transit system vest" to get by without being noticed to obviously do something maliciously with the cyanide. The flares were probably just another thing to cause chaos.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
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