Rhode Island neighborhood blocked for 24 hours for terror investigation


WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Police have now blocked off Aspinet Drive for more than 24 hours since Eyewitness News has been monitoring the situation, as the investigation continues into a home that was searched by state and federal investigators.

As first reported on WPRI.com, agents from the FBI and investigators with the Rhode Island State Police conducted a search to a home in Warwick’s Governor Francis Farms neighborhood Tuesday, as part of an ongoing anti-terror investigation.

The Target 12 investigators learned that the investigation is connected to a man who was shot and killed by police in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston on Washington Street.

Usaama Rahim, 26, was under 24-hour surveillance by FBI authorities before he was said to have lunged at police with a large military-type knife, causing authorities to shoot and kill the man in a CVS parking lot. Police said he was planning an attack on law enforcement officers and may have been radicalized by ISIS.

Later on Tuesday, police were on the lookout for two other suspects in relation to Rahim. Police took into custody David Wright after raiding his home in Everett, Mass. While in Warwick, officials remain tight-lipped about the active scene.

Although, an FBI spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that no one has been arrested or taken into custody. Officials continued to echo comments made on Tuesday that there is no threat to public safety.

“The FBI and RI State Police are conducting court authorized activity as part of an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation. Due to the ongoing investigation, the FBI is going to have to decline further comment. We reiterate what we said yesterday, there is no threat to public safety,” said FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera.

Eyewitness News also spoke with a man who said he lives across the street from the home in question, and that he knows a 20-year-old man lives there.

“He used to be a good kid,” said Brandon Waterman, “and then you noticed he just kind of set off and changed a little bit.”

Residents of the neighborhood were caught off guard by all the police presence.

“When I first saw the patrol car coming when I was running around today, I just thought it was construction or something,” said Chris Anderson.

The investigation in Warwick is being run by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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