NYPD seeks second man in connection to Queens mall bomb hoax



Investigators are seeking a second person in connection to the Tesla bomb hoax that evacuated the Queens Place Mall Monday, cops confirmed Wednesday morning.

The NYPD did not provide any specifics on the person being sought — but NBC New York identified him as Taylor McRae Lyne, 27, of Santa Rosa, California, citing two senior law enforcement officials.

Lyne may have been responsible for stealing the Tesla from Las Vegas and driving it to the Big Apple, the network reported. 

Lyne is also believed to have been with Louis Shenker Monday, the far-right conspiracy theorist who surrendered to cops in connection to the incident early Tuesday. 

Shenker, 22, of Amherst, Mass., was charged with placing a false bomb and criminal possession of stolen property, as well as abandonment of a disabled animal in connection to the husky that was left alone inside the Tesla, police said.

The vehicle was discovered on a ramp to the Queens Place Mall parking garage just after 7:30 a.m. Monday, with a makeshift item intended to look like an explosive, according to authorities. 

Shenker has pushed conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and the November election on his own podcast, “The Minuteman,” on social media and on an InfoWars webcast, according to reports. 


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