A bail hearing was set Tuesday for the San Diego man potentially tied to a New York City bomb plot.
Attorney Stephen P. White said there is nothing more than speculation linking his client, Howard Willie Carter II, to the man arrested for allegedly trying to detonate a van filled with what he believed were explosives in front of the Federal Reserve Bank.
The primary suspect in the case is 21-year-old Bangladeshi national Quazi Nafis. Carter was arrested on unrelated charges, but sources told NBC news and NBC 7 San Diego that he may have been a co-conspirator.
Carter currently faces charges of child pornography and appeared in federal court Thursday in San Diego for his arraignment.
Federal authorities in San Diego did not comment on Carter’s link to Nafis. However, last week, FBI agents raided Carter’s apartment on Winona Ave in City Heights.
Carter's roommate Curtis Morehead told NBC 7 San Diego that agents asked him to identify Carter, who also went by "Yaqueen," on a terrorist watch list.
A man named "Yaqueen" was identified as a co-conspirator of Nafis in federal documents.