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Frank R. James, the 62-year-old man accused of blowing up a canister of smoke in a crowded New York subway car before opening fire during the Tuesday morning rush hour, is in custody at seen after a Good Samaritan spotted him walking down a Manhattan sidewalk in broad daylight on Wednesday.

In the 30 hours between the attack and his arrest, investigators obtained and distributed footage of the suspect in hopes the public could help catch him. They searched a storage unit and apartment linked to him in Philadelphia, which he had discussed in numerous videos posted to a now deactivated YouTube channel. And he may have taunted investigators by calling the tip line to report himself, according to law enforcement sources, even as a security camera technician spotted him in the East Village and reported him.

New York police, left, and law enforcement officials direct subway shooting suspect Frank R. James, 62, center, away from a police station, in New York City, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The man accused of shooting multiple people on a Brooklyn subway train was arrested on Wednesday and charged with a federal terrorism offense.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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MONDAY APRIL 11

According to police, James rented a U-Haul pickup truck in Philadelphia.

He had booked and prepaid for it on April 6, according to a federal criminal complaint, using his Wisconsin driver’s license, as well as a phone number linked to bank cards in his name that investigators later found at the scene. of the shooting.

Then he went to New York.

TUESDAY APRIL 12

At 4:11 a.m., surveillance cameras captured him driving the rental Chevrolet on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, a span that connects Staten Island to Brooklyn.

Surveillance video shows James' U-Haul van driving across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge early Tuesday morning.

Surveillance video shows James’ U-Haul van driving across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge early Tuesday morning.
(Department of Justice)

At 6:12 a.m., another camera spotted the van at West Seventh Street and Kings Highway in Brooklyn, near where police later recovered the vehicle.

The camera recorded “an individual wearing a yellow hard hat, an orange work jacket with reflective tape, carrying a backpack in his right hand and dragging a wheeled bag in his left hand, leaving the U-Haul vehicle on foot “.

Investigators say this surveillance footage shows James leaving his U-Haul rental wearing and carrying the gear described by witnesses to the subway attack.

Investigators say this surveillance footage shows James leaving his U-Haul rental wearing and carrying the gear described by witnesses to the subway attack.
(Department of Justice)

At around 8:25 a.m., James, wearing a gas mask and a shiny nylon safety vest, allegedly boarded an N train bound for Manhattan near where he left the van, activated a canister smoke and allegedly opened fire just before he entered 36th Street. Sunset Park station.

Police released this surveillance footage showing Frank James entering the Kings HIghway subway station in Gravesend, Brooklyn, shortly before the attack on a Manhattan-bound N train at Sunset Park on Tuesday morning.

Police released this surveillance footage showing Frank James entering the Kings HIghway subway station in Gravesend, Brooklyn, shortly before the attack on a Manhattan-bound N train at Sunset Park on Tuesday morning.
(NYPD)

Police released this surveillance footage showing Frank James entering the Kings HIghway subway station in Gravesend, Brooklyn, shortly before the attack on a Manhattan-bound N train at Sunset Park on Tuesday morning.

Police released this surveillance footage showing Frank James entering the Kings HIghway subway station in Gravesend, Brooklyn, shortly before the attack on a Manhattan-bound N train at Sunset Park on Tuesday morning.
(NYPD)

At 8:40 a.m., another CCTV camera captured a man whom investigators believe was James driving another N station to 25th Street. At this point, the vest, mask and helmet seen in previous images are missing, but police say the face appears to match the photo on his Wisconsin driver’s license.

Bystander video shows the train doors emitting smoke after opening. Passengers flocked in panic, fleeing the chaos. At least 29 people were injured, 10 of them by bullets. Five were seriously injured, authorities said.

In this photo taken from a social media video, passengers run from a subway car at a station in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

In this photo taken from a social media video, passengers run from a subway car at a station in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
(Will B Wylde via AP)

Police found two bags at the scene. One contained a Glock 17, a gas can, a torch, the key to a U-Haul vehicle and bank cards, according to a federal criminal complaint. The other contained commercial fireworks.

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The safety vest has also been discontinued.

Investigators have identified Frank James as a suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting.

Investigators have identified Frank James as a suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting.
(NYPD)

Police say the gun was purchased legally in Ohio in 2011 by Frank Robert James. But “an attempt was made to deface the serial number.” The bank cards also bore James’s name, and investigators said documents provided by U-Haul showed James rented a pickup truck in Philadelphia on Monday with Arizona plates. They found him abandoned on Kings Highway and later found him on surveillance video showing him crossing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge about four hours before the shooting.

They also said they found a receipt for a storage unit in Philadelphia – where investigators said they found 9mm and .223 caliber ammunition, targets and a threaded gun barrel, according to the complaint.

Deminers search a U-Haul van during an ongoing investigation in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Deminers search a U-Haul van during an ongoing investigation in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 13

NYPD 9th Precinct police arrested James on Tuesday afternoon in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan after receiving reports of sightings in the area.

A photograph provided to Fox News Digital by a law enforcement source shows Brooklyn subway shooting suspect Frank James was arrested in Manhattan, N.Y., on Wednesday, April 13 .

A photograph provided to Fox News Digital by a law enforcement source shows Brooklyn subway shooting suspect Frank James was arrested in Manhattan, N.Y., on Wednesday, April 13 .
(Digital Fox News)

Zak Dahhan, 21, told Fox News he was performing security camera maintenance at a store when he saw James walking down the street with a bag over his shoulder.

Police also said a tipster reported a sighting of James at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant, and responding officers arrived but did not find him there.

Law enforcement sources separately told Fox News Digital that James reported himself to the Crime Stoppers hotline prior to his arrest.

New York Police Department officers arrest subway shooting suspect Frank R. James, 62, in the East Village section of New York on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The man accused of shooting multiple people on a Brooklyn subway train was arrested on Wednesday and charged with a federal terrorism offense after a day's manhunt and a tipster's call led him to police on a Manhattan street .

New York Police Department officers arrest subway shooting suspect Frank R. James, 62, in the East Village section of New York on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. The man accused of shooting multiple people on a Brooklyn subway train was arrested on Wednesday and charged with a federal terrorism offense after a day’s manhunt and a tipster’s call led him to police on a Manhattan street .
(AP Photo/Meredith Goldberg)

Police caught up with James nearby outside a liquor store, where footage shows officers taking away the suspect, who was wearing dark pants, a navy t-shirt and a black flat-brimmed hat.

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“We got it,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said at an afternoon news conference.

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James, whose record contains misdemeanors including theft, forgery and criminal sex acts dating back to the early 1990s, is expected to face federal terrorism charges in connection with the transit attack, according to Breon. Peace, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

For years before the attack, he posted offensive and inflammatory videos on a barely viewed YouTube channel which increased in views on Tuesday after police named him a person of interest.

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He titled them with phrases such as “DOMESTIC AVERAGES” and “SENSITIVE VIOLENCE“, and posted rude hour-long rants. The banner image showed an alarm clock reading “Too late.”

Police even used a still from one of the videos when they released their image to the public to help solve the case.

Frank James is wanted as a suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting that injured 28

Frank James is wanted as a suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting that injured 28

A video from March 1 began with a local television report about rising violence in New York City’s subways. In it, he went on to criticize Mayor Adams, women, social workers and the homeless.

“I wanted to kill everything in sight,” he says about 12 minutes into the video. “I intended to kill everything I saw.”

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On Wednesday, YouTube deactivated the account.

James is scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones, Peter Aitken, Sarah Rumpf and Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.


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