Trevor Bickford, suspect in New Year’s Eve Times Square machete attack targeting NYPD officers, charged with terrorism

A suspect has been charged with terrorism charges with a machete attack who wounded two NYPD officers in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Trevor Bickford, 19, has been indicted by a grand jury on multiple counts, including first-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted murder in furtherance of an act of terrorism and aggravated assault on a police officer as a terroristic offense, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. In total, he faces 18 felonies.

In the late night hours of Dec. 31, a suspect, later identified as Bickford, charged at three officers with a machete, the NYPD reported.

Machete Attack Times Square New Year's Eve
New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell addresses the media during a news conference on Jan. 1, 2023. A man with a machete attacked three police officers at a New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City, authorities said.

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Two officers were hit in the head and had to be hospitalized, NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said. The suspect also attempted to attack a third officer just outside a designated high-security zone around the Times Square festivities. All three are expected to recover.

The suspect himself was wounded in the attack when a police officer fired a gun that hit him in the shoulder, authorities said. Bickford was arrested at the scene.

Law enforcement sources told CBS News earlier this week that Bickford — who is from Wells, Maine — had recently been added to the FBI’s terror watch list. A senior police source told CBS New York Bickford was placed on the list after his aunt reported he had been radicalized online and expressed a desire to travel abroad and join Islamic extremists.

Two law enforcement sources told CBS News that Bickford traveled from Maine to New York City and spent the night before the attack at a downtown homeless shelter. They said investigators are executing search warrants at his residence and combing cellphone data, social media accounts and financial records.

The sources also said a notebook was found in the suspect’s backpack with writings stating he would travel to Afghanistan and train to become a holy warrior. They said there was also a note addressed to his family.

“We are grateful to our NYPD officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, as well as our Joint Terrorism Task Force partners,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement Friday. “All eyes are on Times Square on New Year’s Eve, and these charges reflect the seriousness of this alleged threat to the safety of our city and our officers.”

Bickford is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 1, the district attorney’s office said.

— Emily Mae Czachor and Pat Milton contributed to this report.

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