We reported that Frank James was arrested by the police in connection to the attack on the Brooklyn subway. Zack Dahnan, a citizen who saw Frank James in East Village and called police for help, was able to tip off the authorities.
Zack’s enthusiasm for catching him is infectious, and he’s become an instant hero to the folks in New York.
— Samantha Zirkin (@SamanthaZirkin) April 13, 2022
Zack is taken away by a police vehicle, and wave goodbye to his cheering fans pic.twitter.com/Ie8lNzrj0m
— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) April 13, 2022
The reward was $50,000, which Zack of New Jersey received. In something of an ironic twist, while the MTA cameras failed to pick up James’ escaping after the attack because they failed, Zack is a security camera installer. Perhaps they could hire him to fix those cameras.
Meanwhile, it turns out that Frank James had at least 12 prior arrests — at least nine in New York and three in New Jersey — although most of the arrests were old and may not have been felonies. There was a criminal sexual charge included among the offenses — so that might have been a more serious charge.
LATEST: Brooklyn Shooting Suspect was Arrested for 9 Previous Arrests, 3 in New York City and 2 in New Jersey. The majority of the arrests were in the 1990’s. https://t.co/ouAON8mlES pic.twitter.com/Nxef6wpFTs
— ABC News (@ABC) April 13, 2022
Here’s a video of him trying to get into the subway, but he had trouble getting through the turnstile with all the gear that he was carrying for the attack, plus he’s a very big man.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the moment suspect Frank James entered the Kings Highway subway station around 6, Tuesday morning. https://t.co/Rus2dnOuLr https://t.co/tWqUT53mbs pic.twitter.com/LtSPORYMkY
— myles miller (@MylesMill) April 13, 2022
So much for the description of 5’5′ and green vest — he’s much taller and the vest was orange. He was tall and heavy. That may be why he wasn’t immediately caught — the description was off. After photos began showing of him, he was arrested.
He’s now been charged by the DOJ with a terrorist attack on mass transit.
FBI officials claim that Frank James faces a federal criminal charge for “terrorist attacks on mass transit” related to Tuesday’s attack at Brooklyn’s subway station. pic.twitter.com/xSxKzztEZA
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) April 13, 2022
There had been prior reports that placed him in the FBI’s Guardian lead system in New Mexico. It’s not clear why, and they’re looking at whether he had any connections to any group. He was interrogated in 2019, but the lead wasn’t pursued.
We cited an NBC report about a stabbing in our report about James being arrested, but as far as I can tell at this point, there wasn’t any stabbing at the time he was arrested — so I’m not sure what they were referring to. This could be a different event. I just wanted to make that clear. We’ll let you know if we hear anything more on that. It seems that he was simply taken into custody.