LINDEN,NY - A Sikh bar owner here is being hailed as a hero for helping capture the 28-year old Afghan- American wanted for the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. Harinder Bains, the owner of a bar in Linden found Ahmad Khan Rahami sleeping in the doorway of his bar on Sept 19. Bains said he was watching news on TV on his laptop from another business across the street.
At first, he thought it was some “drunk guy” resting in the vestibule but then recognised Rahami and called the police. “I’m just a regular citizen doing what every citizen should do. Cops are the real heroes, law enforcement are the real heroes,” Bains said. When officers responded, Rahami pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking an officer in the chest. A foot chase ensued, during which Rahami shot at a police car, causing a bullet to graze another officer in the face. The chase ended when Rahami was shot multiple times. He was taken to a hospital for surgery. Rahami was not initially cooperative with police who tried to interview him, a law enforcement official said. In an exclusive interview to CNN, Bains explained to host Anderson Cooper that he was the first person who saw Rahami, sleeping in the doorway of his bar, Merdie’s Tavern.