NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say two men planned to capitalize on post-9/11 fears by dressing in traditional Muslim attire and displaying a fake bomb while robbing a New York City check cashing store on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
A criminal complaint says the plan was called off because there were too many people near the Bronx store Sunday. It says the two had planned to wear dark-colored robes that one man had obtained from his mother.
Juneal Ali was held without bail after an appearance Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. A criminal complaint charged him with conspiracy and attempted robbery.
The complaint says a co-conspirator revealed the plot to police.
Ali's attorney, Susan Marcus, told a magistrate judge Tuesday that her 29-year-old client was not the organizer of the hoax.