Frank James, 62, was taken into custody on Wednesday, nearly 30 hours after the shooting in Brooklyn
While law enforcement fruitlessly searched for him, the gunman eluded capture, rode the subway, roamed the streets, at a point called police to taunt ‘I hear you are looking for me’
The subway ‘Rush hour shooter’ was seen smirking while in custody on Wednesday
He James who’s has now been charged with federal terrorism charges and is due to be arraigned
His criminal record includes multiple charges in New York and New Jersey including charges for possessing burglary tools, criminal sex act, criminal tampering, trespassing, larceny and disorderly conduct
James was arrested outside a McDonald’s on First Avenue in the East Village
A security guard who recognized him tackled then held him down until cops arrived
New York City subway shooting suspect, Frank R. James, was taken into custody on Wednesday when a 21-year-old security worker spotted him and alerted police. Prior to this James himself called police, saying: ‘I heard you were looking for me.’
62-yer-old 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.
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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.
Frank James capture
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.
The news was made public after Mayor Eric Adams announced ‘We got him!’, in a video message from his covid quarantine.
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.
James who according to reports fired over 33 shots at commuters on Tuesday, 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. Still somehow he managed to elude police efforts to nab him for nearly 30 hour.
Zach Tahhan, a security worker from Brooklyn who works in the East Village, spotted him and alerted police.
‘Everyone thought I was crazy!’ he told the media, describing how he jumped up and down and screamed for police to arrest him before he ‘killed’ anyone.
The cameras inside the 36th Street station were not working on Tuesday when he opened fire on the northbound N train at 8.24am.
When the doors of the afflicted carriage opened, he used the camouflaged of the wounded passengers spilling out onto the platform for his getaway.
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.
He is understood to have rented a U-Haul in Philadelphia sometime earlier this week and driven it to Brooklyn, 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.
Appearing on FOX on Wednesday morning, Mayor Eric Adams said the cameras inside the 36th Street subway station 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.
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.
James posted dozens of ranting videos on YouTube where he spoke about race wars, prison, violence and moving from Wisconsin. It has now emerged that was known to the federal law enforcement. He was questioned by FBI in 2019 in New Mexico.
He was cleared but was entered into the state’s ‘Guardian Lead’ system – 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 20th 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.’
Two days before the shooting, 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 a 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.
Frank James rambling Youtube post showcases his desire to settle inequities by killing
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.