The Afghan immigrant suspected of planting bombs in Chelsea and New Jersey was a dead-beat dad who raged against gays, the military and American culture, his high school sweetheart revealed on Monday.
“He would speak often of Western culture and how it was different back home,” Maria told FoxNews.com of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, the father of her child. “How there weren’t homosexuals in Afghanistan.
“One time, he was watching TV with my daughter and a woman in a [military] uniform came on and he told her, ‘That’s the bad person,’” she recalled.
Maria, who believes Rahami was “brainwashed,” said he brought back a wife and another kid when he came back from a trip to Afghanistan nine years ago.
The 28-year-old terror suspect is a naturalized U.S. citizen whose family was granted asylum in 2011.
Rahami made numerous trips to terror hotbeds Afghanistan and Pakistan in the last 10 years, according to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.).
He became noticeably devout after returning from a visit to his homeland two years ago, friends and law enforcement sources said.
“He had changed. He dressed differently, more religiously, the robe and everything,” Flee Jones, 27, a childhood pal of Rahami, told The Post.
“I really never expected it from him. He was always this fun loving guy, but now he was all quiet. He had found religion. It’s mind blowing.”
He’s also posted radical Islamic writings on a personal website, sources told DNAInfo.
‘The sister is shocked. She can’t believe what he’s done.’
- Law enforcement source
Despite the red flags, Rahami wasn’t on any terror watch lists before he became the prime suspect in bombings in New York City and Seaside Park, N.J., including one that wounded 29 people when it exploded in Chelsea, officials said. The New Jersey bombing targeted a military charity run.
He’s also believed to be behind pipe bombs that were found atop a garbage can near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J.
A massive manhunt for Rahami came to a swift end late Monday morning when he was found sleeping in the doorway of Merdie’s Tavern in Linden, N.J.
When cops confronted him, he pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, striking two cops before he was taken down in the shootout.
Rahami was found not far from his home in Elizabeth, N.J., where he worked at his family’s popular restaurant — First American Fried Chicken.
When business was slow, he would often pull out his Koran and play Middle Eastern music, said customer Brayant Ocampo, 17.
“One day I asked him about it and he said it’s like a bible for our religion,” Ocampo recalled. “He was into his religion.”
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And just is in that book they read........