Long Island woman’s home ‘searched’ after pressure cooker Google search

Credit: Metro File Photo
Credit: Metro File Photo

A woman in Long Island claims her home was searched yesterday after a she did online research on pressure cookers.

Freelance writer Michele Catalano wrote a story on the website Medium detailing a recent experience her husband had when men in black SUVs showed up at their home asking questions about bombs and pressure cookers.

Catalano wrote that the men were from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and she posited that the search was a result of her researching pressure cookers and her husband doing a search for a new backpack “weeks ago.”

According to Catalano’s statement, three SUVs rolled up to her home while she was at work and her husband and son were in the house. One of the SUVs parked behind her husband’s car in the driveway “as if to block him from leaving.”

Six men with holstered guns came to the door and flashed badges before asking questions, she says. They did a “cursory” search of the house, glanced at books and in the couple’s bedroom and even pet the family dogs.

When they asked to look in her son’s room and her husband told them the boy was sleeping, Catalano reports that the agents did not press the issue.

They “peppered” her husband with questions about their backgrounds and outright asked “do you have any bombs,” Catalano said. They asked about a pressure cooker, and her husband told them the family does not have one, but they do have a rice cooker.

The alleged JTTF agents reportedly asked if it’s possible to make a bomb with a rice cooker.

Catalano’s husband informed them that it is not possible to do so, adding that his wife uses the rice cooker to make quinoa.

The alleged JTTF agents reportedly did not know what quinoa was.

Some have taken to Twitter to question the veracity of Catalano’s testimonial, deeming it dubious and vague. Catalano has reacted angrily, insisting the story is true.

Catalano announced via Twitter that she will not be giving interviews.

A spokesperson for the FBI said the men who visited the Catalano apartment were not members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

“We are not involved at all,” he said. “We did not visit that location.”

The spokesperson said that the men were local law enforcement: Suffolk Country police acting on a tip went with Nassau County police to the Catalano home.

“Those agencies were acting in a local capacity,” the spokesperson said.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

Arts

PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.