Teen Arrested In Pre-Dawn Blast At NYC Coffee Shop

New York City police have arrested a teenager in a pre-dawn blast outside a Starbucks Coffee shop.

Police said Wednesday that 17-year-old Kyle Shaw of Manhattan was trying to emulate Brad Pitt's character in the movie "Fight Club" when he planted the explosive on May 25.

Shaw was charged with arson, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

The explosion near the Guggenheim museum on Manhattan's Upper East Side shattered the store's windows but caused no injuries.

In the movie, Pitt's character creates havoc on corporations by bombing them.

Police say the suspect picked the site because a Starbucks was a target in the movie.


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  • by mike Location: iraq on Jul 19, 2009 at 01:15 AM
    He could be considered a terrorist, since not all terrorist activities are intended to kill. Just by having tried to blow up a Starbucks, he undoubtedly caused fear and maybe intimidation to some people (which is also a goal of terrorists). Whether or not he did it to emulate a stupid movie or the timing of his crime should not diminish the severity or punishment of/for his actions.
  • by Hmmm Location: E NC on Jul 18, 2009 at 06:32 PM
    I wouldnt call him a terrorist, I doubt he was trying to kill anyone intentionally, esp since it was after midnight. Terrorists go on suicide missions. He's just a stupid kid who wants some attention and watches WAY too much TV and probably violent video games. So he emulated Brad Pitt, he's not quite correct upstairs, but terrorist? Nah, but I do say lock his butt up or better yet, make him work in a NYC Starbucks for about 48 hours straight.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 18, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    He should be charged as a terrorist. Don't believe his pitiful little excuse about a Brad Pitt movie. He is just trying to get a lesser charge.
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