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Brooklyn subway shooting suspect Frank James is in custody after New York City police officers apprehended him following a Crime Stoppers tip on Wednesday afternoon, officials confirmed to Fox News Digital.
Wearing a blue shirt, dark-colored pants and dark sneakers, Frank R. James, 62, was arrested by the New York Police Department just before 1:45 p.m. local time. He was later escorted out of the NYPD’s 9th Precinct station house and taken into federal custody around 4:25 p.m.
“My fellow New Yorkers, we got him,” Mayor Eric Adams told reporters during a Wednesday press conference.
Just shortly after 2:30 pm. local time, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell praised the work of the NYPD and federal partners, as she explained that “moments ago,” James was stopped and arrested after the department received a Crime Stoppers tip that placed him inside a McDonald’s restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village.
“He will be charged with committed yesterday’s appalling crime in Brooklyn,” she said. James, who has been linked to New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio, will be charged federally, officials confirmed.
“Mr. James is now facing a federal charge for his actions: A terrorist attack on mass transit,” said Michael J. Driscoll, assistant director in charge of the New York Field Office of the FBI.
U.S. Attorney Breon Peace, of the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, said James was being charged with one count of committing a terrorist or other violent attack against a mass transportation system.
“He will be arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn and if convicted, he will face a sentence of up to life imprisonment,” Peace told reporters. He will make his first court appearance on Thursday, an office spokesperson said.
James is accused of injuring 29 people in a Sunset Park, Brooklyn, subway station around 8:25 a.m. Tuesday morning. James was allegedly aboard a Manhattan-bound N train during morning rush-hour when he placed a gas mask on his face, activated a smoke canister and opened fire inside the train and on the platform of the 36th Street subway station.
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At least 10 victims suffered gunshot wounds, officials have said.
Authorities said James rented a U-Haul van from a Philadelphia store on Monday and ultimately drove the vehicle to a spot on Kings Highway in Gravesend, Brooklyn, where he parked the vehicle and entered a nearby subway station. He rode the subway an estimated eight stops before unleashing his attack, NYPD officials said Tuesday.
A general manager at the U-Haul location did not respond to Fox News Digital’s multiple requests for information. John B. DeVito, special agent in charge of the ATF’s New York Field Office, said that James acquired the gun he had used “from a federal firearms licensee in Ohio in 2011.”
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said Wednesday that James’ arrest history includes nine prior arrests in New York from 1992 and 1998, including for criminal sex act, four instances of possession of burglary tools and two instances of theft of service.
He was also arrested at least three times in New Jersey in 1991, 1992 and 2007, for trespassing, larceny and disorderly conduct, Essig said.
Fox News’ Danielle Wallace, Michael Ruiz and Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.