Police Arrest Subway Shooting Suspect Frank James, a Repeat Criminal Who Was Known to the FBI

Subway shooting suspect Frank James was arrested by the NYPD Wednesday afternoon, after a bystander recognized him walking around the East Village in lower Manhattan, and called the police.

James, a repeat criminal who was known to the FBI, was taken into custody without incident, and was transported to an NYPD facility, said Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell during a news conference following the arrest.

“He will be charged with committing yesterday’s appalling crime in Brooklyn,” Sewell added.

James, 62, was initially described as a “person of interest,” but that designation was upgraded to “suspect” by Wednesday morning. Wearing a gas mask and construction vest yesterday, the accused gunman set off a smoke grenade and fired a barrage of bullets, shooting at least ten people, five of whom were in critical, but stable condition Tuesday night. Authorities said at least 28 people were injured during the attack. He fled the scene and was able to escape because none of the surveillance cameras in inside the 36th Street station were working.

He reportedly left Wisconsin on March 20 in a rented van, and drove through Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and finally to New Jersey, the Daily Mail reported.

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.

James, a self avowed communist and Black Nationalist, has posted numerous videos on YouTube ranting about race, Eric Adams and crime in New York City.


The Post Millennial’s Andy Ngo posted several of James’ racialist rantings onto Twitter.

James has had twelve prior arrests—three in New Jersey, and nine in New York dating back to 1991,  NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said.

James was reportedly on an FBI watch list at one point, but was cleared after multiple interviews in 2019, despite his extremist Facebook content, and unhinged YouTube videos, all of which were allowed to stay up.

Full NYPD press conference below:




About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

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