Frank Robert James, the man accused of opening fire on a subway car full of people, was arrested on Wednesday in Manhattan, the New York City Police Department confirmed.
The New York Police Department previously said he brought a 9mm handgun onto an N train in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning. As it was going from 59th Street to 36th Street, he set off two smoke grenades and opened fire, injuring 10 people but killing no one, officers said. They added that 13 other people receive injuries from smoke inhalation, falling or a panic attack.
Police originally named James as a person of interest. They said they discovered U-Haul keys, which were in the shooter’s possession, at the Subway car. Officers said they tracked it down to a U-Haul van in the borough. Police said on Tuesday that James had rented the vehicle from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The NYPD named him as a suspect on Wednesday.
Police arrested James at St. Marks and 1st Avenue. Sources told NBC that he was also involved “in some kind of stabbing.”
Per Pete Williams
Frank James arrested in Manhattan, police sources tell WNBC that an arrest was made at St. Marks and 1st Ave. The Suspect was involved in some kind of stabbing. Now at local police precinct.
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— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) April 13, 2022
Just in: Suspected Brooklyn subway shooter Frank James has been arrested in the East Village, three law enforcement officials tell CNN https://t.co/WwBQ1H2aRI
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) April 13, 2022
The NYPD soon confirmed the arrest on their social media.
Frank Robert James had nowhere else to run or hide — and is now in NYPD custody. The work of our detectives is second to none and the dedication of our patrol officers is never ending. pic.twitter.com/uOXliUvoJ7
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) April 13, 2022
Officers said in a press conference Wednesday that they got a Crime Stoppers tip about James being at a McDonald’s. Police said they did not find him there, but checked the surrounding area, and found him at a corner of St. Marks Place and 1st Avenue.
When a reporter asked NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig what Frank James said during the arrest, Essig said the arrest happened just minutes before.
According to cops, video recovered from before the shooting showed Frank James entering the Kings Highway subway station in Brooklyn. This was three blocks from where investigators found the U-Haul van, Essig said. James had the same black cart recovered from the crime scene, he said.
James left the N train after the shooting and took an R train one stop over to 25th Street, where he stepped off, according to police. Before his arrest, his last known whereabouts was Park Slope.
James purchased the 9mm glock in Ohio in 2011, Essig said.
He has ties to not just New York City, but to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Jersey, according to cops. Police arrested him in the city in a period between 1992 to 1998 for crimes including possession of burglary tools, criminal sex act, theft of service, and criminal tampering.
Police did not suggest a motive.
In social media accounts attributed to James, who is Black, he pontificated in rambling lectures on subjects like race, crime, and government.
“The main thing about the story of Black people in this country is that there is nothing fucking over here,” he said in a video dated Monday, the day before the shooting. YouTube had taken it down. “No, n*****, you’re not free. You’re not at home.”
Update – 3:22 pm: We added more information from police.
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