NEW YORK (CBS) -- The FBI arrested Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, Wednesday in New York who allegedly was plotting a terror attack against the Federal Reserve Bank, an official told CBS News.
Through a sting operation, the suspect drove a vehicle he assumed contained explosives to the building, according to the source. The unidentified suspect was arrested with his finger on the fake detonator. The suspect made a court appearance Wednesday morning. Sources say the person is not cooperating. Officials say the public was never in danger.
After the arrest, the FBI released a statement saying: "Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure. The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences. It is important to emphasize that the public was never at risk in this case, because two of the defendant's 'accomplices' were actually an FBI source and an FBI undercover agent. The FBI continues to place the highest priority on preventing acts of terrorism."
A source told CBS News' Pat Milton that the arrest was the result of a several-month investigation, and that Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis is from Queens, N.Y., and a student.