Edward Archer, the Yeadon man who confessed to shooting a city police officer “in the name of Islam,” was arraigned Saturday on charges including attempted murder as a globe-spanning investigation stretched from the West Philadelphia crime scene to mosques and pilgrimage sites in the Middle East.
Archer, 30, was ordered held without bond, pending a Jan. 25 preliminary hearing. But local police and federal terrorism investigators remained tight-lipped on any new information about the man whose brazen Thursday ambush of Officer Jesse Hartnett has restoked concerns of lone-wolf-style terror attacks like the one last month in San Bernardino, Calif.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in an interview Saturday that despite Archer’s pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, investigators had not yet uncovered any direct link between him and known terror groups.
Still, FBI agents continued to scour Archer’s Internet activity while attempting to retrace his steps on two recent trips to the Middle East – a month-long Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia known as the Hajj in fall 2011 and a 10-month stay in Egypt in 2012.