New York City police have arrested 62-year-old Frank James, the primary suspect in Tuesday morning's Brooklyn subway shooting that injured more than two dozen people.
In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, NYPD commissioner Keechant Sewell declared, "Frank Robert James had nowhere else to run or hide — and is now in NYPD custody. The work of our detectives is second to none and the dedication of our patrol officers is never ending."
Frank Robert James had nowhere else to run or hide \u2014 and is now in NYPD custody. The work of our detectives is second to none and the dedication of our patrol officers is never ending.pic.twitter.com/uOXliUvoJ7— Commissioner Sewell (@Commissioner Sewell) 1649874677
James was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after being spotted by bystanders at a McDonald’s near East 6th Street and First Avenue in the East Village, the New York Post reported .
Police quickly responded to the tip and eventually intercepted the suspect a few blocks away at St. Mark’s Place and First Avenue. When officers caught up to James, they found him casually sauntering down the street. He was reportedly taken into custody "without incident."
"My fellow New Yorkers, we got him. We got him," Mayor Eric Adams said in a press conference following news of the arrest, according to WABC-TV .
Videos purportedly showing the moment that James was handcuffed and led into the back of a patrol vehicle have been posted on social media.
Just witnessed the subway shooter Frank James being arrested in the middle of the East Village\u2026crazy\u2026.pic.twitter.com/g5CJsUpUSF— chimichurri (@chimichurri) 1649873379
BREAKING: Alleged subway shooter, Frank James arrested! Police believe he shot 10 people and injured 13 more yesterday. Latest on @CBSNewYorkpic.twitter.com/O60OxsYbWW— John Dias (@John Dias) 1649877347
James is currently being held at the NYPD's 9th Precinct.
He is expected to face terror-related charges for setting off a smoke grenade on a subway train car before opening fire on dozens of innocent passengers. He was wearing a gas mask and a reflective vest at the time of the attack.
WABC reported that James will be charged under a federal statute that prohibits terrorist and other violent attacks within a mass transit system. Another federal charge for crossing state lines will also be applied.
James, who is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was identified as a suspect in the case after a set of keys and a credit card linked him to the crime scene.
Brooklyn shooting suspect Frank James arrested while strolling NYC street https://trib.al/xWuKupG\u00a0pic.twitter.com/RB797MCq3w— New York Post (@New York Post) 1649878357
Another surveillance video published by WNBC-TV allegedly shows James entering a subway station two hours prior to the attack.
Breaking: WNBC has published video showing #Brooklyn subway mass shooting suspect Frank James entering the Kings Highway subway station at 6:15 am yesterday. James expressed extremist black nationalist views & hatred of other races on his social media.pic.twitter.com/NLljKPFSeH— Andy Ng\u00f4 \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@Andy Ng\u00f4 \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1649872115
In the hours following the hellish attack, rambling and conspiracy-laden videos that James had recently uploaded to YouTube were unearthed and circulated. In the videos, James espoused controversial views on race, angrily complained about the city's mental health services, and threatened NYC's mayor.
"It’s just a matter of time before these white motherf***ers decide, ‘Hey listen, enough is enough, these n***ers got to go,'" he said in one of the videos, seeming to predict a race war was coming.
Witnesses have claimed the attacker was seen muttering under his breath before launching the attack.
Mayor Adams defended the terror charges on Wednesday, saying , "There was a clear desire to create terror. If you bring a smoke bomb or would you bring an automatic weapon with a gas mask and in a very methodical way injured ... innocent New Yorkers, that is terror."