As thousands of cops hunted for a terrorist who planted 10 bombs from the Jersey Shore to Chelsea and succeeded in detonating two of them, their suspect was hiding in plain sight outside a dank New Jersey pub.
He was “sleeping like a baby,” said mechanic Chris Ricco, who thought Afghan immigrant Ahmad Khan Rahami was a bum when he spotted him in the doorway of Merdie’s Tavern in Linden around 10:30 a.m.
Bar owner Harinder “Harry” Bains roused Rahami, 28, from his slumber — only to get cursed out by the country’s most-wanted fugitive.
“Go f–k yourself! I’m sleeping,” Rahami grumbled.
Bains saw the face of the “vagrant” and became suspicious.
“I was watching CNN news all day,” Bains told The Post. “In my mind I said, ‘Oh, my God, this guy looks so much like the guy.’ ”
Bains tricked Rahami into staying put by assuring him the bar wouldn’t open for another hour, then called the cops, according to a law-enforcement source.
One of four cops who responded saw Rahami and immediately recognized him from the FBI’s wanted poster, Capt. James Sarnicki said.
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