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Brooklyn subway shooting: Gunman Frank James is ARRESTED and held in NYPD custody

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell have been skewered for trying to take credit for the arrest of subway shooting suspect Frank James on Wednesday when it was a 21-year-old security worker who spotted him and alerted police, after James himself called police, saying: ‘I heard you were looking for me.’ 

James was taken into custody on Wednesday on 1st Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets after a by-stander recognized him and called police.  His arrest on Wednesday brings an end to an embarrassing and fruitless day-long manhunt by the FBI and NYPD. 

He was marched out of the 9th Precinct shortly before 5pm, smirking but saying nothing as reporters asked why he carried out the attack. 

James was charged in a criminal complaint with committing a terrorist act on a mass transit system, and will appear in federal court on Thursday.

Breon S. Peace, the U.S. attorney for New York’s Eastern District, which brought the charges, said James could face life in prison if convicted. 

After allegedly shooting 33 shots on the northbound N train at 8.24am from his 9mm handgun, James ran across the platform with other terrified commuters and got onto a northbound R train. He got off that R train at 25th Street in Brooklyn. 

On Wednesday morning, he got on the F train again at 9.15am in Park Slope and traveled into Manhattan, right under the noses of the doubled number of cops on trains.  

It wasn’t until Zach Tahhan, a 21-year-old from New Jersey who was fixing a store security camera in the East Village, spotted James on First Avenue that he was arrested.  

At a press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Adams – who is in quarantine with COVID – said in a video message: ‘We got him!’ 

The New York Post cites sources who say James also called 911 himself, telling them where he would be, and saying: ‘You know, I think you’re looking for me. I’m seeing my picture all over the news and I’ll be around this McDonald’s.’ 

By the time police got there, he had left. He was then arrested down the street.  

Commissioner Keechant Sewell also thanked the NYPD detectives and claimed they gave James ‘nowhere to hide’ by ‘shrinking his world.’ 

But both were eviscerated by New Yorkers. James was able to evade cops even on the subway this morning, riding from Park Slope into Manhattan at 9.15am.    

Frank James, the suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting, walks outside a police precinct in New York City on Wednesday

Frank James is walked out of the 9th Precinct in the East Village of Manhattan

Frank James is walked out of the 9th Precinct in the East Village of Manhattan

James is transported into a police vehicle to be taken to a federal courthouse on Wednesday. He has been charged with carrying out a terror attack on mass transit

James is transported into a police vehicle to be taken to a federal courthouse on Wednesday. He has been charged with carrying out a terror attack on mass transit

James was wearing Ugg-style slippers, black pants and a blue t-shirt when he was arrested on Wednesday

James was wearing Ugg-style slippers, black pants and a blue t-shirt when he was arrested on Wednesday 

THE REAL HERO: Zach Tahhan, 21, was fixing a camera outside an East Village store when he spotted James in the street. The 62-year-old had just exited a McDonald's and was walking around casually, a day after shooting ten people on a northbound N train

THE REAL HERO: Zach Tahhan, 21, was fixing a camera outside an East Village store when he spotted James in the street. The 62-year-old had just exited a McDonald’s and was walking around casually, a day after shooting ten people on a northbound N train

Both the Mayor and the Commissioner tried to take credit for the arrest on Wednesday. Commissioner Sewell claimed he had 'nowhere else to hide'

Both the Mayor and the Commissioner tried to take credit for the arrest on Wednesday. Commissioner Sewell claimed he had 'nowhere else to hide'

Both the Mayor and the Commissioner tried to take credit for the arrest on Wednesday. Commissioner Sewell claimed he had ‘nowhere else to hide’ 

Nice try, Eric: New Yorkers slammed the pair for trying to take credit for the arrest when a citizen phoned it in

Nice try, Eric: New Yorkers slammed the pair for trying to take credit for the arrest when a citizen phoned it in

Nice try, Eric: New Yorkers slammed the pair for trying to take credit for the arrest when a citizen phoned it in

Now that he is in custody, attention will turn to why it took the police so long to find him in a city that is covered in surveillance cameras, and why it took a member of the public to finally bring him down. 

James has a long rap sheet with charges in New York and New Jersey dating back to the 1990s for possessing burglary tools, criminal sex acts, criminal tampering, trespassing, larceny and disorderly conduct. 

He was charged in New Jersey in the 1990s with two counts of making terroristic threats and was eventually convicted of harassment, a lesser charge. He was sentenced to probation and to receive further counseling. 

He had also been arrested several times in New York for a number of offenses, including at least one charge of criminal sex act. 

James had purchased the gun used in the shooting legally in 2011, in Ohio. He had attempted to scratch the serial number off. 

James’s sister, Catherine James Robinson, told The New York Times her brother had ‘been on his own his whole life.’

She confirmed he was born in the Bronx, and their mother died when he was five years old.

She said she did not know what he did for work, and frequently changed cities.

They hadn’t seen each other in many years, she said, and last spoke on the phone after the death of their younger sister, Barbara Jean Grey, from a heart attack several years prior.

She said she was ‘surprised’ to see him involved in Tuesday’s shooting.

‘I don’t think he would do anything like that,’ she said. ‘That’s not in his nature to do anything like that.’

But, asked if he had sought mental health treatment – as he referenced in his YouTube videos – she angrily denied that he was mentally ill.

‘There was a lot that went on through our lives,’ she said.  

James attended group therapy sessions in the Bronx, at Argus Community – a center which offers both residential and outpatient programs to ‘help severely disadvantaged teens and adults to free themselves from poverty and drug abuse,’ according to its website.

Albert Wilder, 57, attended the sessions with James and said he was ‘quiet and moody’.

He told The New York Post he last saw him about three months ago.

‘He was sitting here and he was quiet and moody,’ Wilder said.

‘Y’know, when someone looks like they’re in the middle of something and you afraid to talk to them because they’re upset. That was him.’

Wilder, who attends the sessions as required following his release from prison for unspecified crimes, said James was ‘a street person.’

‘He frequents trains and buses,’ Wilder said.

‘He always between 219th and 230th street in the Bronx when I see him.’

James was last known to be living in Milwaukee.

A neighbor, Keilah Miller, 32, said he moved in within the last year, and described him as ‘grumpy’.

She said she sometimes heard him yelling from her apartment. A friend of Miller’s who mistakenly entered his apartment said it was ‘dirty and messy’. Miller said she never saw anyone else there, and told The New York Times he was unfriendly. 

‘Like if I say, ‘Hello, good morning,’ he just grunts at me like he’s some old grumpy black man,’ said Miller, who is black.

‘He is a really weird neighbor.’ 

Another former neighbor in Milwaukee, Mike Lopez, 38, said he walked with a limp and could be seen in the neighborhood pushing his cart with groceries.

‘I didn’t see him as no threat or nothing,’ he said. 

‘I mean, I don’t see him as capable as that. He can’t move like that, man. He wasn’t fast.’ 

At a press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Eric Adams said: ‘My fellow New Yorkers. We got him. I want to thank every day New Yorkers who called in tips, responded, helped wounded passengers.  Thirty-three shots but less than 30 hours later we’re able to say, we got him.’  

Tahhan, a security worker from Brooklyn who works in the East Village, spotted him and alerted police. 

‘Everyone thought I was crazy!’ he told DailyMail.com on Wednesday, describing how he jumped up and down and screamed for police to arrest him before he ‘killed’ anyone.  

Another witness, Deira Figueroa, said Zach chased after the gunman and grabbed him.

She was riding her bike when it all kicked off and only realized what was happening when she heard shouting. 

She said it was ‘a team effort, but the man was mentally ill, a very weird, strange man.’

Frank James in police custody at the 9th Precinct in New York's East Village on Wednesday

Frank James in police custody at the 9th Precinct in New York’s East Village on Wednesday

Frank James is shown being taken into custody in the East Village on Wednesday, 30 hours after unleashing terror on the NYC subway

Frank James is shown being taken into custody in the East Village on Wednesday, 30 hours after unleashing terror on the NYC subway 

James is shown being taken into custody on First Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets in Manhattan's East Village on Wednesday, nearly 30 hours after shooting ten people on the subway

James is shown being taken into custody on First Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets in Manhattan’s East Village on Wednesday, nearly 30 hours after shooting ten people on the subway

She said he tried to run away but Tahhan ran after him and caught him.

She said the tackle was incredible. 

‘In New York City, we protect us, nobodies really safe out here. It was like a tackle. The cops took a while to get here, maybe a few minutes.’ 

The cameras inside the 36th Street station were not working on Tuesday when he opened fire on the northbound N train at 8.24am. 

It meant he managed to escape as wounded passengers spilled out onto the platform covered in blood.  

James, 62, had posted ranting videos on YouTube about violence, race, Eric Adams and crime in New York City. 

He left Wisconsin, where he lived alone, on March 20 in a rented van, driving through Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and then to New Jersey. 

Subway shooter Frank James has been arrested a day after shooting ten people on a packed Brooklyn train

Subway shooter Frank James has been arrested a day after shooting ten people on a packed Brooklyn train

He is understood to have rented a U-Haul in Philadelphia on Monday and driven it to Brooklyn, crossing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge into the borough at 4:11am on Tuesday and dumping it on the Kings Highway, five miles from the 36th Street station. 

He then was filmed getting on the subway at Kings Highway, shortly after 6am. 

It’s unclear what he did for the next two-and-a-half hours before unleashing a smoke bomb and firing his handgun on the train.

In a fumbling appearance on FOX on Wednesday morning, Mayor Eric Adams couldn’t explain why the cameras inside the 36th Street subway station – where the attack took place – were not working at the time of the attack. 

‘Our goal is to find out if other stations are having problems with cameras,’ he said, deferring to the MTA and saying he was in ‘communications’ with them, then coughing and sipping water from a wine glass in a reminder that he just tested positive for COVID. 

It later emerged that the cameras had been flagged as faulty two days before the attack.

Maintenance workers inspected the camera on Sunday, The New York Times reported, and traced the problem to a fiber-optic cable connection failure that had also interrupted feeds from cameras in two other stations: the local stop immediately before the scene of the shooting and the one immediately after it.  

Janno Lieber, head of the MTA, praised the NYPD’s ‘unparalleled investigative ability’ – despite James wandering around New York City for almost 30 hours after the attack. 

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday whether James would have been arrested sooner if the cameras on the subway were working, Lieber replied: ‘It doesn’t appear so, since he boarded the train across the platform.

‘We’re an internet-based system and it appears one or two of the 10,000 cameras were malfunctioning. But there are so many further down the line – that’s why we were able to help.

‘Big step up from where we were a few years ago.’ 

The attack is the pinnacle of a worsening crime problem that has terrified New Yorkers for the last two years. 

Violent crime on the subway has increased by more than 60 percent since this time last year, despite Mayor Adams’ promise to put more cops on trains and in stations. 

Still, no one knows how James was able to escape after shooting ten people on the northbound N train. 

For weeks before the attack, he had been posting unhinged and worrying videos on YouTube about race, and how he would never return to Wisconsin – where he lived – alive.  

This is the gun used in the shooting that was purchased by James in 2011 in Ohio. He dumped it at the scene of the crime

This is the gun used in the shooting that was purchased by James in 2011 in Ohio. He dumped it at the scene of the crime 

This bag of fireworks, firecrackers and smoke canisters was found at the 36th Street subway on Tuesday

This bag of fireworks, firecrackers and smoke canisters was found at the 36th Street subway on Tuesday 

James is shown wheeling a bag filled with explosives towards the subway at Kings Highway in Brooklyn on Tuesday at 6am

James is shown wheeling a bag filled with explosives towards the subway at Kings Highway in Brooklyn on Tuesday at 6am

At 4.11am on Tuesday, James was filmed driving his U-Haul over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. He drove from Pennsylvania then through New Jersey before entering New York

At 4.11am on Tuesday, James was filmed driving his U-Haul over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. He drove from Pennsylvania then through New Jersey before entering New York

The footage was obtained on Wednesday morning as James, 62, remained at-large. It shows him walking slowly down a street in Brooklyn, wheeling a bag behind him and carrying a backpack in the other hand. He is wearing an orange construction vest

The footage was obtained on Wednesday morning as James, 62, remained at-large. It shows him walking slowly down a street in Brooklyn, wheeling a bag behind him and carrying a backpack in the other hand. He is wearing an orange construction vest

The footage was obtained on Wednesday morning as James, 62, remained at-large. It shows him walking slowly down a street in Brooklyn, wheeling a bag behind him and carrying a backpack in the other hand. He is wearing an orange construction vest

At 8.40am yesterday, 15 minutes after carrying out the attack, James (left) is shown getting off a different train at the 25th Street Station in Brooklyn. He transferred onto the northbound R train after the shooting, along with terrified commuters, and hid amongst them then got off the train

At 8.40am yesterday, 15 minutes after carrying out the attack, James (left) is shown getting off a different train at the 25th Street Station in Brooklyn. He transferred onto the northbound R train after the shooting, along with terrified commuters, and hid amongst them then got off the train

James posted dozens of ranting videos on YouTube where he spoke about race wars, prison, violence and moving from Wisconsin

James posted dozens of ranting videos on YouTube where he spoke about race wars, prison, violence and moving from Wisconsin

James posted dozens of ranting videos on YouTube where he spoke about race wars, prison, violence and moving from Wisconsin 

The questions authorities must answer as NYC subway shooting suspect, 62, remains on the run

How did he get away?  

Over a day later the attacker still remains at large despite hundreds more cops being deployed in the manhunt.

The Mayor said a ‘malfunction’ was the reason for the failing to capture any footage of the suspect across three subways.

The MTA said last fall it had installed security cameras in all 472 subway stations citywide, saying they would put criminals on an ‘express track to justice’.  

Why did the FBI clear the suspect and take no action over the hateful videos and psych unit admissions he shared?

The FBI faces major questions after it emerged the suspect in the Brooklyn shooting was on their terrorist radar. The Bureau is said to have previously known the man but released him following multiple interviews.

A source revealed the bombshell update to Newsweek last night, saying the suspect was entered into the Guardian Lead terrorism monitoring system in New Mexico 

Why didn’t YouTube react to suspect’s unhinged videos?

YouTube commonly deletes videos it deems inappropriate, with youngsters often seeing their posts removed if they feature copyrighted music in the background.

But the tech giant, which is owned by Google, again appears to have failed to react to the far more serious case of the Brooklyn suspected shooter.

James had posted a raft of unhinged videos on the social media website, ranting about race and how he would ‘never be back again alive’ just three weeks ago.

He relentlessly uploaded hate-speech-filled clips online about how oppressed black people were and how black and white people should have ‘no contact’.

He also posted worrying memes about guns, bullets and 9/11 on Facebook but none were picked up by police. 

Why were subway doors locked so passengers couldn’t escape?

Horrific footage emerged yesterday showing desperate passengers trying to flee the gunman by breaking into other carriages.

One video captured them slamming against the locked subway doors as they were engulfed in smoke from the shooter’s smoke grenades.

Others recorded themselves yanking on the handgrip several times – proving it was fastened shut – while the shooter loomed nearby.

The MTA has previously been warned about the dangers posed by keeping these locked, with some, but not all, kept shut.  

It has now emerged that he was known to the FBI and was questioned in 2019 in New Mexico – though it is not yet clear why. 

He was cleared but was entered into the state’s ‘Guardian Lead’ system. 

The Guardian Program is the bureau’s terrorist threat and suspicious incident tracking system. 

Despite being on that list, James was unimpeded as he relentlessly uploaded hate-speech-filled clips on YouTube about how oppressed black people were and how black and white people should have ‘no contact’, for weeks before Tuesday’s attack. 

He also posted worrying memes about guns, bullets and 9/11 on Facebook but none were picked up by police. 

In the March 20 video, titled ‘STOP ONE COMPLETE’, he gave an ominous warning about his plans. Speaking from the driver’s seat of a rented van, he said: ‘As I leave the state of Wisconsin, about to be back in the state of Illinois, all I can say is: Good riddance. I will never be back again alive to that m*********r.’ 

At the start of the video, he told of his plans to drive to Philadelphia. 

‘I am on my way to Philadelphia. I packed my bags. I got up, even though it’s rainy, go to my storage unit, loaded that up and then finished my apartment off this morning.

‘I am on my way to Philadelphia. I should be there… I’m going to take my time though. 

‘This is the first leg of my trip, it’s been a long time since I’ve had to drive this far. We’re going to find out though. 

‘All my Instacart driving paid off or what. We are definitely going to find the f*** out.’ 

He rented a room at a Philadelphia Airbnb for 15 days, starting on March 28. 

Inside the Airbnb, authorities found an empty magazine for a Glock, a taser, a high-capacity rifle magazine, and a blue smoke canister. 

Two days before the shooting, in a New Jersey hotel, he posted another video where he said black people were forced into violence by racism. 

‘This is what white b*****s and white m*********ers’ expect you to be… when you blow one of their f*****g brains out – this is what you asked for. This is how you wanted me to be, obviously,’ he said. 

He was drinking white rum and had finished the bottle. 

At the end of his final video, he said: ‘Why should a n****r be on this planet besides to pick tobacco or sugar plant. 

‘There is no natural reason for there to be such a thing as an American negro, African American, there is no reason for it. Except for you to be a slave. That is your rightful place, it always will be. 

‘Until you build a black state of Israel, which you don’t want. You want to send your a** in the ghetto and play n****r.

‘This is what this s**t in Ukraine is a build up to. It’s to get rid of your a**. 

‘Nuclear devices are going to be dropped. The president of Ukraine is calling for nuclear war. And so, I talk about my condition but, what the f*** can you do? 

‘That’s life in the ghetto. I’ve said everything in this video that I wanted to say. I’m going to finish this 100 proof. I’m going to finish this s**t. This has got me knocked the f*** out. I can barely talk. 

‘Leave the rest of that s**t for tomorrow. I’m going to take my a** to bed. I’ll talk to you guys later, take it easy. Be good.’ 

In another video, he ranted: ‘This nation was born in violence, it’s kept alive by violence or the threat thereof and it’s going to die a violent death. 

‘There’s nothing going to stop that,’ James said, in another ranting video on YouTube under the name ‘Prophet of Truth88’. 

The rambling, profanity-filled YouTube videos posted by James, who is black, are replete with violent language and bigoted comments, sometimes against other black people. 

He is also featured sharing conspiracy theories – such as claiming that the Twin Towers could never have been brought down on 9/11 by planes.

One video, posted April 11, criticizes crime against black people and says drastic action is needed.

 ‘You got kids going in here now taking machine guns and mowing down innocent people,’ James says. 

‘It’s not going to get better until we make it better,’ he said, adding that he thought things would only change if certain people were ‘stomped, kicked and tortured’ out of their ‘comfort zone.’

‘I am now in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the Comfort Inn Suites for the night. 

‘My next leg will be… I am taking my time. I am definitely going to get to Philly by Tuesday.  

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