Accused of ‘spreading terror’, alleged New York subway gunman arrested

published on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 11:05 p.m.

Frank James, the man suspected of shooting Tuesday morning on a New York subway train at rush hour, injuring 30, including 10 by gunshots according to justice, was remanded on Thursday, accused of having “sowed terror throughout the city. .

Dressed in a baggy khaki shirt, the suspect, a 62-year-old African-American arrested the day before without resistance on a Manhattan street, appeared for the first time in federal court in Brooklyn.

In silence, sometimes taking notes between his two lawyers, he listened to the charges against him, in particular the “terrorist attack” that puts him at risk of life in prison. Judge Roanne Mann ordered his preventive detention.

He “opened fire on passengers on a crowded subway train, interrupting their morning commute in a way this city hasn’t seen in more than 20 years,” prosecutor Sara Winik said, referring to the deadly 9/11 attacks. 2001 that permanently traumatized New York.

The suspect was wearing a gas mask and detonated two smoke devices, filling the train with smoke before firing. The prosecution has revised the balance upwards, taking it to 30 wounded, 10 of them from bullets, compared to the initial 23.

– ‘Carefully planned’ –

“His attack was premeditated, was carefully planned and spread terror among the victims and throughout the city,” the prosecutor added.

If this bloody attack, committed in a busy station in South Brooklyn, “36th Street”, did not leave dead, it caused great commotion in the megalopolis of almost 9 million inhabitants, already affected by an increase in crime and shootings since the covid-19 pandemic.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the NYPD documented no fewer than 14 separate shootings and shootings, including in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and four homicides.

Frank James’ lawyer, Mia Eisner-Grynberg, warned against any “hasty judgment” of her client, who has already been arrested 12 times in the past for various crimes.

“Yesterday, Mr. James saw his picture on the news, called the police for help, said where he was,” he said.

The police had tracked down Frank James in particular thanks to the key to a van he rented, discovered at the crime scene. The man had a YouTube page, called “prophetoftruth88” (prophet of truth) where he was seen launching long, sometimes rambling and vehement tirades about race and insecurity in New York.

– Reports –

The circumstances under which the suspect was arrested Tuesday in the East Village neighborhood were not fully clarified.

In addition to the suspect himself, other individuals have claimed to have reported his presence to the New York police’s “Crime Stoppers” telephone platform, which had put a $50,000 reward on the table for this case.

Thus, a 21-year-old Syrian technician, Zack Tahhan, who arrived in the United States five years ago, became a star on social networks, where the hashtag #ThankYouZack circulated, after claiming to have seen Frank James and warned the police while near the place of arrest.

But Francisco Puebla, the Mexican manager of Saifee, a garden store located in the same area, told AFP that it was his intervention, and not Zack Tahhan’s, that was decisive.

According to police, there was indeed a report that located the suspect at a McDonald’s. “Officers came to McDonald’s. He wasn’t there. They drove through the neighborhood, saw him at the corner of Saint Marks (Place) and First Avenue and arrested him,” New York police officer John Miller said Wednesday.

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