New York police released the video of the arrest. It shows officers jumping out of two unmarked cars and surrounding Ahmed Ferhani's car.
They pull him from the car and arrest him.
Ferhani and another man, Mohamed Mamdouh are accused of plotting terror attacks in the city.
The two New Yorkers were arrested Wednesday after Ferhani was caught in a police sting trying to buy guns, ammunition and a hand grenade. Police and prosecutors said they laid the trap after an undercover investigator who had befriended the pair recorded Ferhani talking about attacking a city synagogue and maybe the Empire State Building.
Mamdouh told the New York Daily News in an interview published Saturday that he wasn't involved in the reputed plot by Ferhani, who he described as a drinking buddy and casual acquaintance, rather than a friend.
The two are facing the possibility of life in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.