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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "...never had any problem with terrorism?"
    Most boys don't. Some kids have asthma or acne.
    Depressed grown-up guys about 27 or so might have a "problem with terrorism."
    Get that anger out of your system: you'll feel a lot better.

    November 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    There's less to this case than NYC is making it. For one thing, the city's terrorism task force kinda helped this guy buy the stuff to built these "bombs" and from what the FBI says they couldn't have charged him with any Federal terrorist statutes. Granted there is a dispute between the Feds and the NYC terrorism task force over funding and jurisdiction which plays into this case ....The guy should definitely be put away for attempted mayhem or something, but this terrorism charge is a little too much!

    November 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Blue Mountain

    Yes that does seems like an odd statement, " ...never had any problems with terroism", yet I can't see just taking the Media and Prosecutor's word for any one "terror suspect". The ease at which that label is being dropped; Terror, comes way to often.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    I can't remember a case of a parent ever saying the opposite when the kid get's arrested. "Yeah, I knew that kid would try something. He was a real psycho when he was little. Always screaming 'Allah Achbar' during dodge ball."

    November 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    c i r c u m s t a n c e s

    is a blocked word?

    November 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ BOMBO:
    That is a completely filthy word.
    Wash out your mouth with soap.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO

    @ JIF. I should have realized, it is blocked for the same reason as

    d o c u m e n t

    November 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Blue Mountain

    Anything that has a s-e-x-u-a-l word in it you have to seperate the letters. Just check before posting,or if you miss it, just use your arrow back button and correct it. 🙂

    November 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    I can understand the charges moreso now than before.Al queda is so attractive to young people with low self esteem and depressed!

    November 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @Bombo:
    I was thinking the very same thing!
    What father throws his kid under the bus?
    *Of course* he's going to defend his son...

    Doesn't he think that the depression might have a tad bit to do with his desire for mayhem?

    November 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Doesnt anyone think it odd that if it was a terrorist threat that the public had to wait to hear it from the *mayor?* I thought anything with the word terrorist attached to it comes from higher ups?? After all thats why we have the terrorist team right?

    November 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    and @ BOMBO, there in fact was a case not long ago where the father of the underwear bomber did try to get authorities to intervene because he said his son was a high risk to society.

    November 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @chrissy:
    I guess the higher-ups didn't want to steal Bloomberg's thunder...

    November 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    and we all see how far he got with that dont we? thank goodness his son was dumb as a post in the bomb building thing and only burned his ding ding. coulda been so much worse

    November 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ banasy, maybe so, or maybe there was no thunder to steal. Or maybe the mayor has his own agenda. Isnt it close to election time?

    November 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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