UPDATE: Now the NYPD is saying: “They are witnesses, there are no criminal charges, they are not in jeopardy of being arrested.”
Possible accomplices of the “lone wolf” Ahmad Khan Rahami.
“Chelsea bombing: FBI seek 2 who removed IED for questioning,” by Bart Jones, Newsday, September 21, 2016:
The FBI Wednesday released a surveillance photo of “two unknown individuals” wanted in connection with their investigation into the Chelsea bombing, saying agents want to question the two — who are believed to have taken the luggage containing one of the explosive devices.
The surveillance photo was taken on West 27th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues, between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday — the same time period, the FBI said, “that an explosive device had detonated on West 23rd Street.”
In a statement released with the photo, the FBI said: “Closed circuit television recordings indicate that these individuals allegedly located a piece of luggage on the sidewalk, removed an improvised explosive device from the luggage, and then left the vicinity leaving the device behind but taking the luggage.”
The FBI said agents not only want to speak to the pair, but that they also want to recover the luggage.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the FBI’s toll-free tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI or their local FBI office or even the nearest American Embassy or Consulate….