Cincinnati was NYC terror suspect's first stop in U.S.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The truck driver who authorities say plowed down several people on a riverfront bike path in Lower Manhattan in an act of terror, killing 8 and injuring 11, made his first U.S. stop in Cincinnati, according to reports.

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, once lived in Symmes Township and apparently had a business there.

The Uzbek national who came to the U.S. in 2010 also has ties to northeast Ohio.

Records indicate Saipov's past addresses include residences Cuyahoga Falls as recently as 2015.

The mailing address is located in Stow, just north of Akron.

Investigators say he has a Tampa, Fla. address, but believe he was living in Paterson, N.J. and rented the Home Depot truck used in the attack in that state.

He also worked as an Uber driver, making more than 1,400 trips.

The ride-hailing service released a statement Tuesday night saying Saipov passed a background check to become an Uber driver and had been actively driving on the platform for more than six months. Saipov has since been banned from the Uber app.

The company says it has reached out to law enforcement to provide its full assistance and is "aggressively and quickly reviewing" the suspect's history with Uber.

Uber says it is "horrified by this senseless act of violence."

Saipov yelled  "Allahu Akbar" -- Arabic for "God is great" -- when he exited a rented pickup truck that he used to strike pedestrians along Manhattan's West Side Highway, authorities have said.

He was shot and taken to a hospital Tuesday night, where he remains in custody after getting out of surgery.

He is expected to recover and face federal terrorism charges.

Police are saying the act of terror could be connected to ISIS.

Local residents who said they knew him claimed he once lived in an apartment on Brisben Place in Symmes Township.

They told FOX19 NOW Tuesday night he stayed with them for about two weeks after he arrived in America.

They said he stayed there in order to get a green card - and then he left.

The family said they had not seen him since, except they say he invited them to his wedding.

They said they received a call from New York authorities wanting to talk to the father of the household, but he's a truck driver and was on the road Tuesday.

The family says Saipov worked at a Taco Bell when he stayed there. The restaurant was damaged in a fire earlier this year.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, he once registered a business called Sayf Motors in Symmes Township.

It remains active status and has been around since 2011.

Its address belonged to the family Saipov stayed with for a green card.

They told FOX19 NOW this is something they just learned about - and they are not very happy.

The family said they were shocked by what happened Tuesday in New York City.

They said he was a nice guy and this is not something they expected to hear.

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