Accused New York City Subway Shooter FrankRobertJames was charged under a federal counter-terrorism law in Brooklyn, where the FBI has filed an affidavit claiming to have found a gun and firecrackers purchased in his name from the crime scene.
“Yesterday was a dark day for all of us,” the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York said Breon Peace wrote in a statement. “But the bright spots of the incredible heroism of our New Yorkers helping one another in times of crisis, the quick response of our first responders, and the hard work that continues by all of our law enforcement partners really shine brightly.”
Charged with violating 18 USC 1992(a)(7)-a statute Developed to combat acts of terrorism and other acts of violence on U.S. mass transit systems – James easily understood what authorities say they have recovered when, at 8:26 a.m. Tuesday, they responded to reports of gunfire and smoke-making devices in a N -Train responded.
“Searches at the scene of the attack turned up two bags, both of which were recovered from the scene,” an FBI agent said George Alvarez wrote in a 10-page affidavit. “The first bag contained, among other things, a firearm, a plastic container of gas, a flashlight, a U-Haul key and several bank cards. The firearm was an Austrian-made Glock 17 pistol.”
The FBI says records from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives showed the firearm was “lawfully purchased in Ohio” by a person named “Frank Robert James.”
“Markings on the firearm’s serial number appear to indicate an attempt to tamper with the serial number,” the affidavit continued.
Authorities say they also found a second bag containing firecrackers containing explosive-filled black powder.
“One of the bank cards found in the first bag containing the gun was a debit card issued by a United States financial institution (“Bank-1”) in the name of “Frank James,” the affidavit reads Explanation.
The FBI traced the U-Haul from the scene to a white Chevrolet Express Model G2500 cargo van with Arizona license plates rented by “Frank James” Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. New York City Police Department surveillance footage reportedly drove the vehicle over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge around 4:11 a.m. Tuesday.
“Law enforcement authorities then located the U-Haul vehicle parked on the side of the road near 366 Kings Highway in Brooklyn, New York,” the affidavit reads. “Notably, the location is about two blocks from a New York City Transit N-Train subway stop, and law enforcement recovered a jacket with reflective tape that matched the jacket worn by the person inside.” Surveillance video was worn.”
The FBI says surveillance footage caught a man, whose appearance matches his driver’s license photo, exiting the N-Train subway at 25th Street, one stop from the 36th Street station, about 14 minutes after the attack.
“The government will prove, among other things, that James traveled across a state line to commit the crime and transported material across a state line to assist in the commission of the crime,” Peace said.
In a video posted to YouTube prior to the attack, James reportedly addressed the mayor of New York City directly.
“What are you doing brother? What’s happening with this homeless situation?” James was quoted as saying in the video, which was reportedly removed from the platform. “Every car I’ve driven[s] crammed with homeless people. It was so bad I couldn’t even stand.”
James allegedly spread conspiracy theories, adding, “And the message to me is, I should have gotten a gun and just started shooting moms,” according to the FBI
If convicted, James, 62, faces life imprisonment.
Read the complaint and affidavit below:
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