A young homeless man has been charged with placing false bombs, police said Saturday, after three empty rice cookers caused major commuter disruption in NY.
The man - identified as Larry Kenton Griffin II - was found unconscious at 12:44 a.m.at 850 Rev James A. Polite Ave.in the Bronx and was taken to the hospital for treatment and observation. Police did not specify what, if any, injuries or condition he was being treated for.
Griffin, 26, was charged with two counts of placing a false bomb.
The suspicious and unattended items caused scare and an evacuation of the station.
The man, who could be seen on surveillance video placing one rice cooker on the mezzanine and another on the platform of the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan's Financial District, was identified by his father as Larry Griffin.
Griffin has a "history of criminal activity", including "possession of a controlled substance involving weapons" and "use of obscene material to seduce a minor", according to a statement by the Logan County (West Va.) Sheriff's Office.
Tara Brumfield, Griffin's cousin, told a Huntington, West Virginia, television station that he is a good person who has been dealing with mental health issues. "But the things that he does sometimes I question".
Family members have previously revealed to DailyMail.com that Griffin has a history of drug abuse and drug addiction, and had recently been panhandling in NY to survive.
A passenger reported the two cookers in the Fulton Street station to police at about 7 a.m. Friday, police said.
A third "suspicious package", later discovered to be another unmodified rice cooker, was found next to a garbage can in Chelsea just minutes later.
Police stressed at a news conference on Friday that it wasn't clear if the man was trying to frighten people or merely throwing the objects away.
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"It is possible that somebody put out a bunch of items in the trash today and this guy picked them up and then discarded them, or it's possible that this was an intentional act".
The address where the person of interest was found has been corrected.
Meanwhile, the Logan County's Sheriff's Office in West Virginia, where Griffin has family, posted on Facebook that officers there helped contact the relatives after the FBI Joint Task Force in New York City contacted them.
Many rice cookers look like pressure cookers, but the latter use pressure to cook food quickly - a function that has been used to turn them into bombs.
And in December 2017, Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah detonated a bomb in a subway tunnel near Times Square, leaving three people slightly injured.