Accused New York Subway Shooter Expected to Plead Not Guilty to Terrorism and Weapons Charges

NEW YORK, May 13 (Reuters) – A man charged in last month’s mass shooting on a New York subway, one of the most violent attacks in the history of the city’s transit system, is expected to plead not guilty in a Brooklyn federal court. on Friday.

Frank James, 62, is scheduled to be arraigned at noon on charges related to the April 12 gun and smoke bomb attack that injured 23 people. His attorney, Mia Eisner-Grynberg of the Federal Defenders of New York, did not respond to requests for comment.

Police said 10 people were shot in the attack, which unfolded as a Manhattan-bound N train entered the 36th Street station in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood during the morning commute. Thirteen others were injured in a frantic race to flee the train. No one was killed.

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The incident sparked a 24-hour manhunt that culminated in James’ arrest some 30 hours later. After his arrest, Eisner-Grynberg said James saw the photo of him on the news and then called the New York Police Department’s tip line to turn himself in. Read more

The motive for the attack remained unclear. Police say James, a Bronx native with recent addresses in Philadelphia and Milwaukee, posted videos on YouTube before the attack in which he addressed New York City Mayor Eric Adams and complained about the presence of people. homeless in subway cars.

The attack followed a series of violent crimes in America’s largest metropolitan transit system, including cases of passengers being pushed onto subway tracks from station platforms.

James could face life in prison if convicted on charges of carrying out a terrorist attack on a public transportation system and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. read more

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Reporting from Luc Cohen in New York; Edited by Noeleen Walder and Mark Porter

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