The neighbor of the 29-year-old terrorist who killed eight and injured 12 in lower Manhattan on Halloween has revealed he saw the suspect and his two male friends driving around in a Home Depot truck dressed in 'robes', as recently as two days ago.
Carlos Batista, 23, who lived two doors down from Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov in Paterson, New Jersey told DailyMail.com that the Uzbek immigrant had the vehicle for weeks before the attack, but never saw him load or unload anything from it.
'They had this Home Depot truck, like the one he used yesterday, for about three weeks and would park it wherever they could find a spot along Genessee [Avenue],' Carlos said in an exclusive interview.
Saipov (seen left) was 'proud' of the attack when questioned in hospital on Tuesday night. He is seen right fleeing the scene on Tuesday with two imitation guns in his hands
Carlos Batista, 23, who lives two doors away from Sayfullo Saipov in Paterson, New Jersey said the Uzbek immigrant had the Home Depot truck for about three weeks and would park it wherever they could find a spot
'I found it odd and suspicious because never did I see [Saipov] or the other two move anything in or out of it, or were they ever in work clothes.
'I only saw them drive it around. It didn't seem like there was any reason for them to have a truck, since I never saw anything being moved.
He added: Knowing what we know now, it's like they were making a test run or something.'
'Every time I saw the suspect in the neighborhood he was dressed in traditional robes and wore a cap, while the others, I assume his friends, wore jeans and shirts. All three were about the same age and had beards. But the two guys he hung out with were stocky,' he said.
The ISIS terrorist is reported to have rented a truck from a Home Depot in New Jersey which he used to plow through cyclists and runners on the bicycle path before slamming into a school bus on Chambers Street on Tuesday.
Another Paterson local described the Uzbek immigrant as an 'a**hole' who was often seen driving off with his wife who was often dressed in a burqa.
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