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Man Who Identified Frank James Says He Didn’t Receive Reward Money For His Capture

Zack Tahhan, who reported to police and reported suspected subway shooter Frank James, says he didn’t receive any cash rewards, but he already has the real prize.

Tahhan, the 21-year-old security camera installer who scouted James, was hailed a hero following a press conference on Wednesday. However, Tahhan took to Twitter the following day saying he had not been contacted about the promised reward, but was not bothered.

After Tuesday’s shooting at a Brooklyn subway station, authorities announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.

“So many people ask me if I have a reward, I haven’t received anything, no one has contacted me for the reward[d]“Tahhan say it Twitter Thursday. “The big reward is the people supporting me, I love you all.”

Zack Tahhan, the witness who identified Brooklyn subway gunman Frank James, said he did not receive the $50,000 reward offered by police for information leading to the suspect’s whereabouts. Above, Tahhan speaks to the media in New York’s East Village neighborhood on April 13, 2022.
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The tweet included a link to a page he created on Ko-fi, a website used by artists and others to raise funds from supporters. The page has a goal of $15,000 which is 16% complete with over 500 donations Thursday night.

Tahhan, a Syrian immigrant, continued with another optimist Tweeter, saying he was happy to see the world united and thanking America for the opportunity it had given him. The tweet included an additional link to his Ko-fi page.

Newsweek contacted the New York Police Department for comment.

A day earlier, Tahhan described the events at a press conference at the corner of 1st Avenue where James was arrested. Tahhan, who lives in New Jersey, said he couldn’t sleep or concentrate on his work after hearing about the shooting.

Police earlier received a tip from Crime Stoppers that James was at a nearby McDonald’s, but officers couldn’t find him. Tahhan described seeing through a security camera James as he walked down the street with a bag and warned others to stay away from him.

“I see him from the cameras, so I was like, ‘Oh shit, this guy, let me call the police'” Tahan said. “And I call him and we catch him.”

An exuberant Tahhan was then seen being chased away in a police car waving at a crowd and telling them to “be safe”.

After James’ arrest on Wednesday, New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell told reporters there was a call to the Crime Stoppers tip line, but she did not identify who made the call. Sewell described the nearly 30-hour manhunt for James as an “all-hands-on-deck investigation” that involved hundreds of NYPD detectives.

Tahhan’s fame has grown since Wednesday with Twitter users thanking him using the #ThanksZack hashtag.

Public officials also thanked Tahhan for his quick thinking.

“Thank you for your bravery today, Zack,” New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted. “All of New York is grateful.”

Tahhan could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.


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