ELIZABETH, N.J. – The man accused of planting bombs in Chelsea and Elizabeth, New Jersey and Chelsea in New York City pleaded not guilty in the shooting of multiple New Jersey police officers during his Thursday afternoon arraignment.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi appeared for his Elizabeth hearing via video from his hospital bed.
The Afghan-born U.S. citizen has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds since a police shootout that led to his capture Sept. 19 outside a bar in Linden.
Two police officers were also injured. One of them, Officer Angel Padilla, stared back at him from the courtroom.
Rahimi glared into the camera and nodded that he could hear Union County Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield recite the charges. His public defense attorney, Peter Liguori, stood over him in scrubs.
Rahimi is charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer. He is being held on $5.2 million bail.
Investigators say Rahimi is responsible for the bombing in Chelsea that injured 29 people on September 18. He's also accused of planting bombs along the sidelines of a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park on September 17 and near the Elizabeth train station on September 18. One was accidentally detonated as a bomb squad robot attempted to disarm it.
His public defenders have a policy of not commenting on cases.
An attorney for the suspect did, however, correct the spelling and pronunciation of their client's name on Thursday to Rahimi -- not Rahami as had been widely reported since his arrest.