Video shows Frank James being arrested in Manhattan
Suspected terrorist Frank Robert James called in the tip that led to his own arrest after spending 30 hours on the run following Tuesday’s subway shooting, said police.
Mr James reportedly called CrimeStoppers on Wednesday to say he was at a McDonald’s in Manhattan, leading officers to the East Village where he was taken into custody without incident at around 1.40pm.
The 62-year-old has now been charged with one federal count of terrorism and will appear in court on Thursday.
Mr James is accused of shooting 10 people and leaving at least 19 others injured in a horror attack on a Brooklyn subway during Tuesday’s rush hour.
At 8:24am, the gunman donned a gas mask on a packed N train travelling to Manhattan from Sunset Park and opened a gas canister. He then opened fire inside the train and on the station platform as it pulled into 36 Street.
A gun, magazines, gas canisters and fireworks were recovered from the scene and the NYPD recovered a U-Haul van allegedly rented by Mr James.
The motive remains unclear but disturbing YouTube videos show Mr James ranting about Mayor Eric Adams, gun violence, the subway system and NYC’s mental health system.
Brooklyn subway suspect Frank James wanted ‘more mass shootings’ but was afraid of prison
In one of the videos posted on his YouTube channel, Frank James expressed his disdain for African-Americans, what he called “slave culture”, and his desire to see more mass shootings.
“There has to be more mass shootings to make a n***er understand… it’s not about the shooter, it’s about the environment in which he is, he has to exist.”
His account was terminated on Wednesday for “violating Community Guidelines” that had more than 400 posts to his YouTube account Prophet of Truth 88.
In an expletive-filled clip posted just a day before the attacks titled DOMESTICATED AVERAGES, Mr James spoke about how he identified with those who committed acts of extreme violence.
“I’ve been through a lot of s***, where I can say I wanted to kill people. I wanted to watch people die right in front of my f***ing face immediately. But I thought about the fact that, hey man, I don’t want to go to no f***ing prison.”
Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 10:30
Marjorie Taylor Greene bizarrely uses Brooklyn subway shooting to argue against gun control
The Republican congresswoman used the shooting to argue against gun laws after the attack left at least 29 people injured.
“With New York’s strict gun control laws, how many innocent people were carrying a gun when the bad guy with a gun broke the existing laws and started shooting people?” she said in a tweet.
“Bad guys don’t care about gun control and gun control only stops people from being able to protect themselves.”
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Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 09:45
Watch: Biden praises hero NYC commuters
“We’re grateful for all the first responders who jumped into action, including civilians who didn’t hesitate to help their fellow passengers and tried to shield them” – Joe Biden.
Biden praises civilian heroes in New York subway shooting attack
Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 09:00
Watch man who spotted suspect takes over mic and interviews witnesses
Zach Tahhan, a Syrian man who lives in the US, spotted the suspect shooter of the Brooklyn subway shooting at the shop near St Marks Place and First Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village.
The man has gone viral for his enthusiastic and charismatic personality as he narrated the incident leading up to the suspect’s arrest.
A TV station journalist said that Mr Tahhan grabbed their unit’s mic and began interviewing other witnesses.
Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 07:45
Biden thanks law enforcement and first responders for arrest
Following the arrest of the suspect, Joe Biden expressed gratitude to everyone for their efforts leading up to the arrest of Frank James. He said, “we are keeping all those impacted in our prayers and staying in close touch with city officials”.
Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 07:00
Police looking into motives in Brooklyn subway suspect’s videos
Even after the arrest of Frank James on Wednesday, police were searching for a motive from a flood of details about the 62-year-old Black man’s life.
The alleged shooter posted dozens of videos ranting about race, violence and his struggles with mental illness. Among all, one stands out for its relative calm: A silent shot of a packed New York City subway car in which he raises his finger to point out passengers, one by one.
His videos point at a deep, simmering anger in him with hours of rambling, bigoted, profanity-laced videos on his YouTube channel.
“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,” said Mr James in a video where he takes on the moniker “Prophet of Doom.”
Police said their top priority was getting the suspect, now charged with a federal terrorism offense, off the streets as they investigate their biggest unanswered question: Why?
His YouTube videos are likely to play as a prime trove of evidence in the investigation. A federal criminal complaint cited one in which James ranted about too many homeless people on the subway and put the blame on New York City’s mayor. “What are you doing, brother?” he said in the video posted March 27. “Every car I went to was loaded with homeless people. It was so bad, I couldn’t even stand.”
Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 06:33
Eric Adams says New Yorkers have been ‘abandoned and betrayed for years’
Speaking remotely at a press conference after testing positive for Covid, New York mayor Eric Adams said New Yorkers will not be betrayed anymore and he is committed in doing so, as he delivered a passionate speech announcing the suspect’s arrest.
“The failures of those with mental health, homelessness, the failure of our educational system did not start January 2022,” Mr Adams said. “We have abandoned and betrayed New Yorkers for years. That betrayal is going to stop, and I’m committed to doing so.”
He indicated that most crimes receive less attention because the victims were Black.
“Here’s my question that I put out to the city — I thought Black Lives Matter. Where are all those who stated Black Lives Matter?” Mr Adams said.
“If Black Lives Matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when Floyd was murdered should be on the street right now stating that the lives of these Black children that are dying every night matters. We can’t be hypocrites,” he added.
Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 06:15
Witnesses say the suspect was arrested ‘without struggle’
An eyewitness, Lee Lloyd, who was working inside his bar at the St Marks Place in East Village, said Frank R James “went without a struggle” when he was put in a police car.
He said “everybody’s on edge because of what happened yesterday, obviously”, according to the New York Times. “When we saw five cop cars come through, I was like, ‘Oh, man, what now?’”
Several police cars were driving around McDonald’s after Mr James himself called the police and said he was there, before he left the place.
Another eyewitness, Aleksei Korobow, a software worker, said everyone who witnessed the arrest was in shock.
“He was just casually walking here,” Mr Korobow said.
Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 05:30
‘Thank you Zack’: A Syrian man becomes NYC hero after spotting suspect
A Syrian man, 21, who helped NYPD police catch the person of interest in the Brooklyn subway shooting, is being hailed as a hero with #Thankyouzack trending on Twitter after he followed the suspected shooter and alerted the officers.
Zach Tahhan, who works as a security camera technician, was fixing the security system for a shop near St Marks Place and First Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village when he spotted a man walking on the street matching to the photos of James.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is the guy, we need to get him.’ He was walking down the street, I see the car of the police, I said, ‘Yo, this is the guy!’,” he told reporters.
He said he ran onto the street and followed the suspect while warning everyone around him to keep their distance.
“People think I am crazy, like maybe I am on drugs. But I’m not. I’m fasting,” he said, referring to his Ramadan fast.
Prior to Mr Tahhan spotting him, Mr Jams himself gave a tip to police by calling in and saying he was in McDonald’s. But he left before the police arrived.
It is not yet confirmed if it was Mr Tahhan’s actions that led to his arrest. But he was cheered and clapped by onlookers as he was taken in the police car for the investigation.
Shweta Sharma14 April 2022 04:45
Suspected terrorist Frank James documented his journey from Milwaukee to New York on YouTube
In a series of recent YouTube videos, Frank James documented his journey from packing up his apartment in Milwaukee to hiring a U-Haul van in Philadelphia to heading to New York, where he is accused of carrying out Tuesday’s attack.
He spoke of how the prospect of returning to the “danger zone” of Philadelphia had triggered negative thoughts, and that he had suffered from “post-traumatic stress”.
Mr James said in a clip uploaded on 23 February titled “negrotude” that his tax refund had been more than he was expecting, and he was using the several thousand dollars to fund his upcoming trip.
He’d been getting the “shakes” after trying to give up drinking, he said.
On 21 March, Mr James posted a clip apparently from Fort Wayne, Indiana. “Doomsday is actually about to be here,” he says in the clip.
Four days later, Mr James was seen driving through Philadelphia. Days later, he says he’s checked into a Best Western in Bordentown, New Jersey.
“Here I am, back, back, back in the place where all my troubles started,” he says.
“The state of f***ing stinking New Jersey, sitting here in Bordentown the next couple of days. And as you saw, the end of my journey, or part of the end of my journey, in Philadelphia, at my storage facility, getting everything put away.”
Mr James says he is only staying in New Jersey for a couple of days.
“Damage is just too deep. Damage is just way too f***ing deep. And so I think the second phase of what took place on 9/11 is about to take place. And that’s why Putin’s over here sabre-rattling.”
In one recent chilling video, Mr James says that he’s “made up his mind” that he “may have to hurt somebody”.
“Because there’s no way that I’m going to do what society asks me to do, which is to try to be—to work hard to play fair, keep my nose to the old grindstone, pull myself by the bootstraps, you know, go to work, pay my taxes, do everything you asked me to do, and then you’re going to smack me in the face.”
Rachel Sharp14 April 2022 01:20
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