Frank James, 62, has been taken into custody as of 1:42 pm as the primary suspect of yesterday’s subway shooting in Brooklyn. James was apprehended by the NYPD in Manhattan after searching for 29 hours.
Last night, the police identified James as a person of interest in the shooting after linking his rented U-Haul to the subway attack. By examining the available surveillance footage of the surrounding area, the police were able to identify and track down the van in which they recovered a 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, a hatchet, gasoline, a bag of fireworks, and a hobby fuse.
A tip called in from a McDonald’s – seemingly from James himself – helped police track James down and found him on the corner of St. Marks Place and First Avenue in the East Village.
A law-enforcement source told the New York Post, “A call came into Crime Stoppers… The guy says, ‘You know I think you’re looking for me. I’m seeing my picture all over the news and I’ll be around this McDonalds.”
“So the unit responds and he’s not at the McDonald’s, so they start driving around and see a man who fits the description.”
Some New Yorkers also called the police after seeing James walking around the East Village, helping the NYPD pinpoint his location.
— Samantha Zirkin (@SamanthaZirkin) April 13, 2022
James has already been on the FBI’s radar for his inflammatory social media posts, exhibiting extreme hatred towards white people and Jewish people. In his posts/videos, he expressed his belief that white and black people cannot peacefully coexist, nor should they. He also has had dozens of his YouTube videos taken down due to their content.
He also has a substantial criminal record, including nine arrests in New York and three in New Jersey.
Since James was allegedly being monitored by the FBI already, many are questioning why they didn’t take action to prevent this attack.
The NY subway shooter went on YouTube rants against white people and was a black supremacist… so that’ll be the last we hear about it! He was known to the FBI, but FBI was too busy kidnapping the Michigan governor.pic.twitter.com/LFXCCAbQmh
— Blake Masters (@bgmasters) April 13, 2022
James will be charged with committing a terrorist act on a mass transit system. If convicted, he could face life in prison.