A criminal has been identified in the Tuesday subway attack in Brooklyn, which wounded 29 individuals, ten of whom have been shot. According to WNBC, investigators designated 62-year-old Frank R. James as a “person of interest” on Tuesday night and published his photos to the public.
According to WABC, he had been identified as a “suspect” in the attack on the N train when it arrived on the platform at the 36th Street station on Wednesday morning. Following the discovery of recordings of James ranting about Adams and violence in New York City on the internet, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell revealed that security around Mayor Eric Adams had been increased.
According to WNBC, Commissioner Sewell labeled James’ recordings “concerning.” According to Rolling Stone, James proclaimed 9/11 “the most beautiful day in the history of our country” in one of the films. “These are the individuals that were meant to assist me.
“They made me worse,” he raged in a video released on March 2 that looked to be intended at a New Jersey mental health organization. “They made me more deadly than I could have ever imagined, more dangerous than anything anyone could possibly f-king fathom.” These are the folks Eric Adams wants to dispatch to assist the homeless and those in need. It’s not going to happen.”
In a video, he criticized the mayor’s intention to beef up security on the New York subway system, according to Rolling Stone. “He can’t put a halt to any f-king criminality on the subways.” He may slow things down, but he’s not going to stop s-t,” he said, adding that there were too many entries and exits for thieves to be caught.
“I’d still get off with this scheme in place, with all these cops,” James claimed in the video. “I’m sure I’ll be able to get off because they can’t be everywhere… Those who go on to conduct more serious crimes, such as shooting? That would need having police in every station, which is not feasible.” The suspect is a black nationalist, according to social media posts by “Frank Whitaker,” who has been confirmed as James.
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He previously posted a series of posts indicating that he intended to murder people. According to Rolling Stone, James made disparaging remarks about several ethnic groups throughout his videos. “White people and black people should not have any interaction with each other,” he declared in a video titled “born in an insane institution” that he released on March 23. “Their rage is growing,” James explained.
“Nothing can happen here that is different from what occurred with the Jews in Europe.” I’d like you to believe it’s feasible.” According to Rolling Stone, the racist videos date back at least five years. James went on an anti-Semitic rant on Facebook in late 2017 in which he accused Jews of having “so much scorn for blacks.”
The subway incident began at 8:30 a.m. on April 12 when a N train drew into the Sunset Park station at 36th Street and Fourth Avenue, according to WABC. According to witnesses, a man dressed in a gray sweatshirt with a construction vest over it removed a gas mask from his backpack and put it on. Then, according to WABC, he opened two smoke canisters inside the subway vehicle and pulled out a 9mm pistol.
As smoke entered the automobile, the suspect opened fire, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig. According to WABC, Chief Essig claimed ten individuals were shot. In the ensuing commotion, nineteen more persons were hurt. According to WABC, the chief stated that none of the injuries were life threatening.
The gunman’s pistol may have jammed because he left it behind when he fled the scene, according to law enforcement officials. He allegedly left behind a backpack containing additional smoke canisters, pyrotechnics, a hatchet, a gasoline spray bottle, a fuse, a U-Haul key, and James’ credit card, according to WNBC. Three extended magazines of ammo were also discovered in the railway car by police.
According to WNBC, one was found in the revolver, another in the bag, and a third was discovered beneath the seat. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) conducted an immediate investigation to determine the gun’s maker, supplier, and first owner.
The pistol used to fire 33 shots on the subway vehicle was tracked back to James, senior law enforcement authorities informed WNBC. According to WNBC, James was linked to a U-Haul vehicle with Arizona plates that was found abandoned just a few blocks from the 36th Street subway station. An alert neighbor noticed the vehicle obstructing a building’s driveway on King’s Highway in Gravesend just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, according to police.
According to WABC, investigators believe James leased a U-Haul in Philadelphia with the credit card found in the suspect’s suitcase on the train. James is known to have links to Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and New York, according to police. According to WNBC, officials stated James had been detained three times in New Jersey.
According to authorities, he was charged with petty theft and disorderly behavior in 2007 and trespassing in 1992. Officials stated he had no history of violence, however he had previously made “terroristic threats,” according to WNBC. According to reports, the threats were similar to those made by mentally unstable people. According to WNBC, authorities have stated that they do not have a reason for the subway attack. Commissioner Sewell stated that the transportation system was not under threat.
“There are currently no known explosive devices on our subway trains and this is not being investigated as an act of terrorism at this time,” earlier on Tuesday, she informed reporters during a news conference. According to WNBC, a $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the gunman’s capture and indictment.