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New Jersey Bar Owner Who Found NYC Bombing Suspect Asleep on Doorstep Speaks Out

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http://www.nbcnewyork.com/portableplayer/?cmsID=394064291&videoID=C8U5K92w7XRj&origin=nbcnewyork.com&sec=news&subsec=local&width=600&height=360A New Jersey business owner is speaking out about finding the suspect in three bombings in New York and New Jersey sleeping in the doorway of his bar.

Harry Bains, the owner of Merdie’s Tavern, in Linden, said he thought the bearded man who had been asleep on the doorstep of his bar for hours was passed out and drunk, he told NBC New York.

But with news of a suspected bomber on the loose circulating, he couldn’t help but notice that the man looked just like Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old suspect in the bombings in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood and two locations in New Jersey.

“I was watching the news since this morning and I said, ‘This guy looks so [much] like this guy,’ ” Bains told the station. “And I kept looping the same story three or four times.”

Twenty-nine people were injured in the Chelsea explosion on Saturday night. Earlier in the day, police responded to an explosion before a charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Nobody was injured in the Seaside Park explosion.

Harry Baines

On Sunday night, a bag containing five pipe bombs was found at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. One device was detonated by a bomb disposal robot, an official previously told PEOPLE. No one was injured.

Bains said he called the police after realizing who the man was. And when Rahami attempted to flee, Bains yelled to the officers, “This is the guy you guys are looking for! This is the guy you guys are looking for!”

Rahami allegedly fired at officers and several passing vehicles as he tried to elude authorities, NBC reports.

Ahmad Khan Rahami
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Rahami was shot multiple times during the shootout, a federal counterterrorism official tells PEOPLE. He was taken into custody and treated at a local hospital, according to the publication.

Along with Rahami, at least one officer was hurt, the Times reports.

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Rahami has been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer in the shooting, according to the Times. And he will likely face terrorism charges in the coming days, NBC reports, citing FBI officials.

Rahami’s father spoke with NBC briefly Monday morning and could not explain the alleged actions of his son.

“I’m not sure what’s going on,” he said in a car in Elizabeth, New Jersey. “It’s very hard right now to talk.”