Homeless man who spotted New Jersey bomb in backpack receives huge community reward

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ELIZABETH, N.J. — One of the two homeless men who reported a backpack that contained multiple bombs in it in New Jersey has been rewarded with an apartment.

Last weekend, Lee Parker and Ivan White spotted an abandoned backpack near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J.

According to the Independent, Parker wanted to use the backpack for a job interview. For the last several years he has been homeless and carried his belongings in a plastic bag.

When Parker and White picked up the backpack they found the contents to be highly suspicious.

“I said, ‘We need to go to the police station right now because this is a bomb,'” Parker told WABC. “It wasn’t the cartoon bomb with a tick-tock tick-tock clock but it had wires. I had seen enough pictures of pipe bombs and different devices in books, magazines. I knew what I was looking at as soon as I saw it.”

The F.B.I. has linked the backpack to Ahmad Khan Rahmi, who is responsible for the bombings in Manhattan and Seaside Park, New Jersey.

Local resident Donald Goncalves started a GoFundMe page that has already raised $30,000 for the men. According to the GoFundMe page, the money raised will be spilt between Parker, White and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless has already helped Parker find temporary shelter, and are currently working on permanent housing for him.

When praised for their actions of finding and reporting the backpack, Parker and White simply said they were just looking out for their community, just like any one else would.