Saturday, December 26, 2015

Pakistani man on a 'dream vacation' to New York City was arrested for describing his suitcase as a 'bomb'

Jhanzaib Malik works for his uncle as a fraud manager for the South African airline Skywise airlines. He is also studying to be a pilot.


Arrested: Jhanzaib Malik, 24, who came to New York City to experience his 'dream vacation' was arrested after he allegedly said, 'there's a bomb in there,' while pointing to his bag. Malik is Pakistani but lives in South Africa and works for an airline company. He dreams of becoming a pilot.


A Pakistani man from South Africa arrested for describing his suitcase as a 'bomb' was arrested on Tuesday at the Sheraton hotel in Brooklyn, New York.

Jhanzaib Malik, 24, who came to New York City to experience his 'dream vacation' was arrested after he allegedly said, 'there's a bomb in there,' while pointing to his bag.

Authorities allege he made a threat because he became frustrated with the check-in process at the hotel.

The New York Daily News reports that Malik, 24, is currently on Rikers Island on $100,000 bail.

Malik's lawyer Roger Asmar claims that the hotel misunderstood Malik who was trying to flirt with the employee checking bags.

Asmar said that he referred to his luggage as being 'bomb,' which is slang for 'cool,' in order to impress the woman.

'The FBI checked the whole thing, and cleared him and leaves, and yet he still gets arrested,' Asmar said.

'Now, this poor kid is sitting in jail. It’s ridiculous. It’s discrimination against Pakistanis.'

The New York Daily News reports that a law enforcement official rejected Malik's lawyer's claim.

'Whether or not he has terror ties is completely irrelevant to the charges,' police said.

Malik’s uncle Javed, 39, told the Daily News that Malik spent a year saving money so that he could travel to New York.

'When he got the visa he was really happy to go to America,' Javed Malik said.

'He wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Times square. He believes America has a lot of positivity. He phoned today and he was crying. He doesn’t know what is happening to him.'

Malik, who is traveling to New York for the first time, had plans to sight-see in the Big Apple with a female friend from Boston, said his lawyer.

Malik's lawyer said that when he got to the hotel there was a problem with his credit card and check in was delayed.

Asmar said that Malik asked the front desk to hold $2,700 in cash that he was holding along with his luggage while he grabbed food and the woman agreed.

'He said, "Also, hold on to my 5,000 bomb luggage,"' Asmar said.

Malik got breakfast and when he returned to the hotel the concierge returned his money and the police arrested him.

The FBI was also called to look through Malik's phone, Facebook, and luggage.

After agents left Malik was charged with falsely reporting an incident.

He was taken to Rikers Island where his lawyer said he is being harassed by other inmates.

Malik works for his uncle as a fraud manager for the South African airline Skywise airlines. He is also studying to be a pilot.

Malik's uncle said he cannot afford to bail him out.

'We don’t have any problem with them (law enforcement) checking him out, but putting him in jail, that was harsh,' the uncle said. 

'They could have just given him a warning, and told him the rules.

'We believe America is a very fair country, and we want to continue believing in that. He was just trying to impress the girl.' 

Story and photos: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any relation to Tashfeen Malik, San Bernardino shooter?

Anonymous said...

Asmar said that he referred to his luggage as being 'bomb,' which is slang for 'cool,' in order to impress the woman...'The FBI checked the whole thing, and cleared him and leaves, and yet he still gets arrested,' Asmar said... 'Now, this poor kid is sitting in jail. It’s ridiculous. It’s discrimination against Pakistanis.'

I needed a laugh today...thanks Asmar!

Anonymous said...

Air India will hire him....

Derek said...

Rikers island and is a terrible place. Terrible. I feel for that kid. He is in waaaay over his head now. Wow

Anonymous said...

Oh please! At 24 years old he is not a 'kid' or 'child'!

Legally you are an adult when you reach the age of 18 in most countries.

He may not act like an adult, but legally he is responsible for his actions.

Convict this punk and sentence him to actual time in an actual federal prison and publicize the bejesus out of it.

He will NEVER get a commercial pilot's license with the FAA in the U.S. Never! And that's a good thing!

Anonymous said...

Plain sheer stupid. This was not a joke.

Malik’s next court appearance is tomorrow ... Pakistani should be deported immediately - get him out of the United States.

Expel him from US, on the grounds of having committed a crime and illegal status. Either that or throw his sorry a** in federal jail!

Anonymous said...

The guy is flashing $cash$ all around and his family can't afford bail? THAT is suspicious, to say the least.

Anonymous said...

JUST SHOOT THE 8ASTARD.

Cowman said...

You are an inbred hick. Karma will get at you. Wishing the worst on people just because you are racist.

Anonymous said...

Your problem, which is the problem of so many using and discussing the word "racist," is that you're focused on calling the person a racist instead of the action.

I think people -- thinking people anyway -- would be much more open to discussion if the focus was on the specific action rather than the character of the commentor. That, of course, requires that the receiving person not be on the defensive.

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