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
News

Turkey: Voting begins in country's first direct presidential…

Some 53 million people are able to vote in the election, including 2.8 million citizens abroad. Until now, Turkish presidents were elected by parliament.

News

Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia…

By Patrick Markey and Aziz El YaakoubiTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around…

Breaking: News

Russia mad about sanctions, says U.S. contributing to…

Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation…

National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Television

'Game of Thrones' livens up Comic Con with…

By Piya Sinha-RoySAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Laughter and death did battle on Friday at HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel at Comic Con, one of the…

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.