The teenage suspect being held for attacking police officers in New York City on New Year’s Eve was reportedly on a terrorist watch list and was interviewed by FBI agents weeks before the attack.
To recap, three officers who were assigned to the New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York’s Times Square were injured by a teenager, Trevor Bickford, 19, with a machete who “expressed militant support for Islam,” according to NBC:
"The suspect approached an officer and tried to strike him over the head with the machete, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said. He then struck two officers in the head with the blade before he was shot in the shoulder and apprehended by police, Sewell said.
Three law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the investigation said late Sunday that authorities were looking into whether the suspect reached for one of the officers' service weapons during their takedown. The injured police were out of the hospital and expected to recover."