NEW YORK — Frank James was arrested Wednesday afternoon in New York City.
The NYPD, the FBI and the ATF worked around the clock for 30 hours to bring James into custody.
As CBS2’s Jessica Moore reports, police say James dropped clues along the way that helped investigators zero in on him as their prime suspect.
“Mr. James will be charged with violating statute 18-21C, which prohibits terrorist and other violent attacks against public transport,” said Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Federal prosecutors say James, 62, crossed state lines from Pennsylvania to New York to carry out Tuesday’s violent subway attack, bringing with him a bag full of weapons, including hatchets, pepper spray, gas canisters and a 9mm handgun. He now faces a federal terrorism charge, which includes carrying out violence onboard mass transit.
New surveillance video shows James walking toward the subway just before he carried out Tuesday’s attack.
Police say he got on a Manhattan-bound N train at Kings Highway and rode eight stops before strapping on a gas mask, detonating smoke bombs and opening fire inside the packed train car and on the platform at 36th Street.
Police say James shot ten people. None were killed, and all of the gunshot wounds were to the lower body, not the head or torso.
Police also say James vanished after the attack. Investigators later found the handgun he used and discarded after it jammed mid-rampage.
At the 36th Street station, police recovered that bag of weapons, including fireworks, and, most importantly, a key that led them to a nearby U-Haul van, which investigators say James had rented in Philadelphia.
Newly unearthed social media videos show an angry James warning he was “entering the danger zone” and ranting about city officials.
“Those who are gonna commit crime, like the shooting, [expletive] got shot in the chest in Brooklyn. Old lady got hit in the head with a hammer? You’re not gonna stop that. That means a policeman in every station and that’s not possible,” James says.
Police commissioner Keechant Sewell praised the NYPD, ATF and FBI for capturing James in just 30 hours.
“We hope this arrest brings some solace to the victims and people of New York,” she said.
James’ first appearance in Brooklyn Federal Court will be Thursday.
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