Who is the suspect in the shooting of Brooklyn subway Frank James?

Brooklyn subway gunman Frank James was a troubled loner with a checkered past and had been estranged from his family in the years leading up to this week’s horrific bombing.

James, who was arrested in the Sunset Park subway shooting on Wednesday, was described as calm and unassuming by those who knew him – but the conspiracy theorist also had a rap sheet dating back to 1984 for busts in largely mean-spirited.

James, 62, was arrested at least 12 times by the NYPD between 1984 and 1998 for charges ranging from burglary, possession of burglary tools and felony sex acts, cops said. The results of these cases, however, were not immediately available.

The alleged shooter “also has a terrorist threat record in New Jersey,” an NYPD official told the Post. He has no record of convictions in the Garden State.

His sister, Catherine James Robinson, told the Post that her brother was “kept to himself” and said she last spoke to him about three years ago.

“He was a loner, yes he was,” she said. “I don’t know what his motivation could have been. The last time I spoke to him was three years ago.

After his time in New York in the 1990s, James lived in both Philadelphia and Milwaukee, where locals described him as quiet and polite.

Frank James has been named by the NYPD as a suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting.
Courtesy of NYPD via AP

“He was cordial,” said Eugene Yarbrough, pastor of Mount Zion Wings of Glory Church in Milwaukee. “He didn’t bother anyone. I didn’t know he was having fun with anyone.

His genius attitude changed on Tuesday when he parked a U-Haul van two blocks from the Sunset Park N station on 36th Street shortly before 8:30 a.m. and unleashed the attack that injured 29 straphangers, including 10 bullet wounds.

According to a federal complaint released Wednesday, James had rented a room at a Philadelphia Airbnb for 15 days beginning March 28 and was still booked there when he booked a U-Haul van on April 6 from a nearby outlet. .

Surveillance video of Frank James before filming.
James was arrested at least 12 times by the NYPD between 1984 and 1998 for charges ranging from burglary, possession of burglary tools and criminal sex acts.

He picked up the white Chevy Cargo Van on Monday and headed to New York.

Early Wednesday morning – while James remained at large – the FBI and local police raided the Philadelphia Airbnb in search of the fugitive. Inside, authorities found an empty magazine for a Glock, a taser, a high-capacity rifle magazine and a blue smoke canister.

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“He didn’t stay here long,” neighbor Bruce Allen said. “I don’t remember his face. He was just going to come in and go. He wasn’t one of those guys who stays out. He can stay an hour or two and leave, then come back late at night.

In recent years, James had become increasingly unhinged, posting bizarre rants on YouTube where he claimed to have suffered from mental illness and blamed Mayor Eric Adams, among others, for his fate.

2624 N 6th street in Milwaukee, Frank James lived upstairs on his balcony overlooking the street.
James lived upstairs in this house at 2624 N 6th Street Milwaukee.
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The North Philadelphia Airbnb (middle door) in which Frank James, a suspect in the NYC subway shooting, is alleged to have stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 13, 2022.
James would have stayed in the middle door room.
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The North Philadelphia Airbnb that Frank James is alleged to have stayed at.
James reportedly rented a room at an Airbnb in Philadelphia for 15 days starting March 28.
Rachel Wisniewski/For the New York Post

In a since-deleted post titled ‘My Family the Enemy’, James said he blamed his ‘40%’ father for leaving him unprepared to face the world.

“I’ll take 60 percent of the blame… ’cause it’s my life,” he fumed. getting fucked by other mothers, i.e. taking the position that if you fuck with me, I’ll fuck you or kill you.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or log on to the Crime Stoppers website.

New York Post

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