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NEW YORK – Frank James, the man the NYPD identified as a person of interest in connection with Tuesday morning’s Brooklyn subway attack, has posted a series of antagonistic video rants on a YouTube channel for years.
Using titles like “DOMESTICATED AVERAGES” and “SENSIBLE VIOLENCE,” James released hours of obscene tirades about race, politics, and current events. The banner image featured an alarm clock that said “Too Late.”
“When you talk to people [about] what happens to you in prison, it is what it is,” he said in the DOMESTICATED video. “That’s why I’ll never go to jail… I’m not affiliated, I don’t have anyone. [and] Nobody has my M———ing back.”
If he actually ended up in prison, he predicted, it would be “a conclusion.”
When police announced James as a person of interest in the subway attack, they shared a still image that appears to be from a video he made three weeks ago, captioned “STOP ONE COMPLETELY.”
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At times he harshly criticized black Europeans and Americans with insults and racism, as well as women and the homeless. He joked about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and questioned the existence of civil rights.
He also shared local news reports and film clips and used them as a starting point for his tirades. A March 1 video began with a PIX 11 report of escalating violence on New York City’s subways. In it, he went on to criticize Mayor Eric Adams, women, social workers and the homeless.
“I wanted to kill everything in sight,” he says about 12 minutes into the video. “I planned to kill everything I saw.”
In another video, he posted ominous footage of a crowded subway car, apparently taken before the coronavirus lockdown required face masks and dramatically reduced ridership. The title is THE GOOD OLE DAYS.
He also chronicled an apparent road trip from the Midwest to Philadelphia, where he said he would drop off items in a storage unit. The videos date back more than three years but had relatively few views before the subway shooting drew attention to his social accounts. They began as clips recorded from elsewhere and passed his account to others containing his own narration.
James has been linked to addresses in Wisconsin and Philly, and lists his hometown as the Bronx on social media.
Police have listed James as a person of interest in connection with the attack on the 36th Street subway station in Sunset Park Tuesday morning.
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An attacker in a light-colored nylon safety vest and gas mask opened a smoke canister and fired at least 33 rounds from a 9mm Glock pistol as the Manhattan N train pulled into the station at about 8:25 a.m., police said With. They recovered the gun and other items believed to have been left in the car by the suspect.
Nearly 30 people were treated for injuries – at least 10 sustained gunshot wounds. Others had symptoms of smoke inhalation or other ailments sustained in the hectic scene. Authorities said no one was killed.
Police also linked James’ credit card, which they allegedly found at the subway crime scene, to a U-Haul van parked on Kings Highway later in the day. Police closed several surrounding blocks and called in bomb squads, hazmat teams and federal agencies to investigate.
Nearby residents said police told them to evacuate until the area was deemed safe.
Police stopped naming a suspect but announced a $50,000 reward for information in the case.
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“We want to determine if he has any connection to the attack,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said of James during an evening news briefing.
Anyone with information is asked to call New York City Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.