Update (1805ET): NYPD sources tell NBC New York that Frank James called a Crime Stoppers tip line on himself. James was apparently at a McDonald's on the Lower East Side when he told police:
"This is Frank. You guys are looking for me ... my phone is about to die."
When police arrived at the McDonald's, James wasn't there. After canvassing the area, police found the shooter near St. Marks Place and First Avenue in the East Village around 1345 ET. The shooting suspect didn't resist during the arrest.
James is being held at the 9th Precinct for questioning. We noted earlier that he would likely face federal terrorism charges and a life sentence in prison.
Investigators are expected to show James crossed state lines to commit the violent attack.
"We hope this arrest brings some solace to the people of New York," NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said.
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Update (1430ET): The NYPD have now confirmed the arrest, and also that the suspect will be hit with federal charges. Fox News is reporting that a tip to the NYPD's "crime stoppers" hotline helped police bring the suspect into custody, with citizens surreptitiously taking photos of the suspect on their phones, leading police to arrest him near St. Mark's Place.
An NYPD news conference is being held shortly.
After being introduced by John Miller, Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism at the NYPD, Mayor Adams proclaimed "my fellow New Yorkers: we got him" before thanking "everybody" who called in tips, and praised the investigators for bringing in the suspect less than 30 hours after the crime. He was arrested by officers from NYPD's 9th precinct. He will face federal terrorism charges, and will likely face a sentence of life in prison.
A representative from the FBI took a minute to deny reports that James had been investigated by FBI agents in New Mexico.
"To date, we have found no record of Frank R James in connection with the shooting yesterday...reports that FBI agents in the New Mexico field office are inaccurate".
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell then confirmed that "moments ago, Frank Robert James was arrested...on the corner of St Marks Place and First Avenue in Manhattan". She confirmed that he will face federal terror charges related to "yesterday's appalling crime".
James had ties to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, New Jersey and other states had been arrested on a host of crimes, including 9 in NYC and 3 in New Jersey. His many prior crimes range from sex-related offenses to larceny to "tampering". The gun he used in the shooting was purchased by him in Ohio back in 2011.
One of the citizens who apparently aided in the suspect's arrest, a 21-year-old bodega worker from Syria, spoke to the press about the experience.
Zack Tahhan, 21, describes catching the Brooklyn subway shooter in east village pic.twitter.com/dXWnkEMk5k— Natalie Wong (@natalexisw) April 13, 2022
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Update (1400ET): In the first major break in the case since yesterday's shooting, a handful of law enforcement sources have reportedly told NBC News that Frank James is now in police custody following a manhunt that lasted more than a day, and started with the brutal gruesome shooting Tuesday morning in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
The suspect, who was reportedly arrested in Manhattan, is alleged to have shot ten people before making his escape on a subway car.
Meanwhile, video of the arrest has already reached social media.
BREAKING: New York City subway attack suspect Frank James is in custody.#NewYork #brooklyn #nypd #breaking #SubwayStation #brooklynsubway #nyc#SunsetPark #BreakingNews #Arizona #FrankJames #uhaul #fbi pic.twitter.com/rR28tHAsNJ— NY Actions (@NY_ACTIONS) April 13, 2022
Of course, this horrible crime could have possibly been prevented if the FBI hadn't 'cleared' the suspect back in 2019. But then again, they were preoccupied.
Brooklyn subway shooting suspect was on FBI's terrorist radar till 2019 then they got too busy chasing down garage pulls, interrogating your grandmother who took a selfie on J6, & trying to frame/entrap some meth-heads in Michigan.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 13, 2022
Has FBI brass ever prevented/solved anything?
The FBI was too busy kidnapping the Gov. of Michigan and coordinating J6 attack on the capitol to stop:— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 13, 2022
- NY subway mass shooter
- Pulse nightclub mass shooter
- Parkland school mass shooter
- Vegas mass shooter
- Rape and torture of Team America female gymnasts
- Hunter Biden
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Update (1250ET): Hours after Frank James was officially named the suspect in yesterday's shooting, YouTube finally decided to remove his channel (which had only a few hundred subscribers) where he shared rants about the evils of "whitey" and other tenants of what some have branded a racist ideology.
As anyone could have predicted, YouTube has removed videos from Frank James, suspected NYC subway shooter. But newsletter on James' racial ramblings ('We're actually about to experience DOOMSDAY!') has extensive quotes, and podcast with audio coming later. https://t.co/d902Tqtqat— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 13, 2022
The channel remained live and uncensored for hours for roughly an entire day after James was identified by NYPD as the sole person of interest in the crime. That status was updated to suspect on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a video has surfaced on Twitter purporting to show James before the attack.
FRANK JAMES seen before the subway attack, on his WAY to the Train. He really WADDLES. I can't quite picture this guy "Making a Run For It" if you know what I mean. WHERE THE HELL IS HE? pic.twitter.com/1HZd4ADhDb— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) April 13, 2022
Doesn't exactly look like somebody who could pull off a daring getaway. Fortunately, as news reports initially stated, he was able to escape with an assist from a train carrying the injured to safety.
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Update (0930ET): In what appears to be the only real news concerning the manhunt for the suspect in yesterday's shooting, NYC Mayor Eric Adams appeared on "Good Morning America" and NPR Wednesday morning to confirm that Frank James is the only suspect in yesterday's mass shooting in Brooklyn.
Per NPR by way of the AP:
Investigators had initially been searching for Frank R. James as a person of interest. Police said Tuesday that James rented a van possibly connected to Tuesday's violence, but that they weren't sure whether he was responsible for the shooting itself. Adams, speaking to NPR on Wednesday morning, did not offer details on why officials were now seeking James as a suspect beyond citing “new information that became available to the team.”
Meanwhile, Adams confirmed that the search is "still active". As for whether he has been updated to a "suspect", WSJ just reported minutes ago that he has officially been upgraded to "suspect" (Adams said earlier that the NYPD believed he had acted alone).
New York City Mayor @ericadamsfornyc offers the latest on the manhunt for a suspect in Tuesday’s subway shooting in Brooklyn and weighs in on the the patrol measures being made to keep residents safe.https://t.co/ZNyFzmDcYM pic.twitter.com/NKOd6t5Jet— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 13, 2022
Adams also said he's open to "new technologies" like installing metal detectors at the entrances of subway stations.
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Update (0900ET): Minutes after a headline hit claiming that the NYPD had finally apprehended the main suspect in yesterday's shooting, a retraction has been issued clarifying that the suspect remains "at large".
- CORRECT: JAMES NAMED SUSPECT IN NYC SHOOTING,STILL AT LARGE: ABC
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Update (0900ET): Minutes after reporting that the main suspect in yesterday's Brooklyn shooting had been apprehended and was "in custody", the headline has mysteriously been retracted.
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Update (0850ET): ABC News is reporting that the NYPD has finally apprehended the main suspect in yesterday's brutal shooting at a subway station in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park.
- *NYC SUBWAY SHOOTING SUSPECT FRANK JAMES IN CUSTODY: ABC
Meanwhile, the NYT reported earlier that the MTA had resumed full subway service at the station following the completion of the NYPD investigation.
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As New Yorkers confront the latest in what seems like an unceasing stream of increasingly gruesome and brutal crimes (unfolding during the opening months of former NYPD Captain and newly inaugurated Mayor Eric Adams, who has promised to combat crime), law enforcement is facing up to the realization that the suspect (as is tragically common in mass shootings and other incidents of
'terrorism' extreme violence) had previously set off flags that probably should have warranted a closer look.
It started yesterday with Newsweek reporting that the suspect (still at large) in the shooting - Frank James - had been investigated and cleared by the FBI in 2019. Soon after that report emerged, thousands of people scouring James' social-media presence made a truly shocking (if unsurprising) discovery: the suspect who shot at least 10 people in a terrifying and meticulously planned mass shooting (police found explosive devices that didn't detonate) has been publishing bizarre, hate-filled rants on YouTube praising other mass shooters
terrorists and calling on people to kill "whitey".
Amazingly, YouTube hasn't yet taken down the page, which - as far as we can tell - still includes all of the hateful videos that media outlets have reported on extensively overnight.
In one video, James verbally attacked NYC Mayor Adams, saying he had been through the city’s mental health system due to a "mental health" issue that had gotten him "locked up". In the system, he said, he experienced a kind of violence that would make someone "go and get a gun and shoot motherfuckers."
In his videos, he appears to express support for an extreme "black nationalist" ideology. At certain points, he even expresses a hatred or dislike for black people, referring to them as racial slurs which we won't repeat here (although you can find some examples over at the Daily Beast).
At one point, James calls upon "black Jesus" to "kill all the whiteys".
"O black Jesus, please kill all the whiteys"— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 13, 2022
Frank James, the person of interest in the #Brooklyn mass shooting, posted a photograph of the Dallas #BLM shooter who killed 5 cops. He also posted a prayer asking for whites to die. One of his videos is titled, "We once were kings." pic.twitter.com/s97iXfiyBH
Older posts showed him sharing positive messages about Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro.
Frank James, the person of interest in the #Brooklyn subway mass shooting, made a number of pro-communist and pro-Fidel Castro posts in the past. His more recent posts and videos have pivoted obsessively to black nationalist interests. pic.twitter.com/Nvh1aoINR8— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 13, 2022
Describing himself as a "prophet of doom", James at one point described 9/11 as "the most beautiful day, probably in the history of this fucking world."
His posts included references to current events, from the Will Smith-Chris Rock "slap" to Ketanji Brown Jackson being elevated to SCOTUS: "I had no idea, with that African name, that she would be married to a white man. One of my subscribers brought that to my attention. Yeah. Our black sister Supreme Court Justice, power to the people, is married to a f**king white man. (Crying) I don't believe this sh*t. Oh God! Wait a minute. This motherf**ker right there, there he is. There he is! White man! Black sister, Ketanji, married to a white man."
Frank James, the person of interest in the #Brooklyn subway mass shooting, has many videos on YouTube discussing his militant black nationalist views. He recently expressed disappointment that Justice Ketanji Jackson is married to a white man. https://t.co/edHUVtTvwI pic.twitter.com/hL0ysMw5VM— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 13, 2022
Apparently, James posted posts inciting violence on Facebook for years, without them being taken down.
"It's time for action"— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 13, 2022
For years, Frank James, the person of interest in the #Brooklyn mass shooting, has made references to shooting and killing people on his Facebook posts. pic.twitter.com/dCzK4JddUp
NYPD cited James as a "person of interest" in the attack during a Tuesday press conference. When reached by the Daily Beast, one of his sisters, Catherine James, said she hadn't spoken to her brother in a few years, and that he “kept to himself."
"I don’t know what might have been his motivation. Last I spoke to him was like three years ago," James said. "We don’t keep in contact with each other...I don’t know what he was thinking, I don’t know anything about why he might have done what he did."
The NYPD said during last night's press conference that, due to James' comments about the mayor, they will be tightening his security.
Interestingly, while James frequently spouted anti-white hatred, the MSM has already set to work trying to frame the shooting as an attack on Asians and the Hispanic community, because of the location of the attack (h/t to Grabien for the quote).
"Mr. Mayor, I think that one of the things that went through a lot of people’s minds, who know New York City well enough to understand a little bit about the neighborhood in which this happened, particularly because of hate crimes, particularly because of anti-Asian hate crimes, this neighborhood where this happened, Sunset Park is a heavily immigrant neighborhood, there's large Asian population among lots of other immigrant populations in that neighborhood. As you know, Brooklyn is perhaps the most ethnically and nationally and racially diverse place in the entire world. Is there any indication, or can you tell us anything about worries that this might have been ethnically motivated, might have been a targeted hate crime or sort of hate-motivated attack? I think people surmise that that might be a possibility given the location of this, but we don’t have anything to go on."
We're sensing a pattern here, as this isn't the first time the MSM has tried to highlight black-on-Asian crime.
Forget about all of the new (predominantly white) gentrifiers who have been moving to Brooklyn in droves in recent years.