New details about Rochester terror suspect

Posted at 8:19 AM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 09:37:08-05

New details are emerging about the suspect accused of carrying out a terror attack on New Year's Eve in Rochester.

Emanuel Lutchman's father told our Rochester-affiliate, 13 WHAM, that he believes his son was influenced, and apologized for his alleged actions.

Lutchman's father also told WHAM that his son is married with a 2-year-old son, and has dealt with mental health problems since he was young.

Authorities have not confirmed which bar Lutchman was targeting, but the owner of Merchants Grill in Rochester says the FBI told him that his bar was the suspected target.

Merchants Grill owner, John Paige, says Lutchman has hung out around the area for a while, and often caused trouble for the restaurant's employees and patrons.

"He's been around the neighborhood for some time. He's a panhandler and a lot of businesses have asked him to leave," said Paige. "He's banned from a few of them."

According to a criminal complaint, Lutchman was planning to use a pressure cooker-style bomb, or knives and machetes to attack the restaurant. The complaint says he had even purchased materials for the attack at a local Walmart.



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