Frank R. James is a black man from Wisconsin, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He is 5’5″ tall. He weighs around 175-200 pounds.
- From 1984 to 1998, the New York City Police Department arrested him in New York City, New York, USA on various charges including burglary, possession of burglar tools and criminal sexual acts.
- Between 1992 and 2021, he was arrested 12 times in New Jersey, USA and New York but he had never been convicted of a felony so he was eligible to legally purchase a gun during that period.
- He previously lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He previously worked for Amazon, DoorDash and Curtiss-Wright. While living in Irvington, New Jersey in 1995, he repeatedly called Curtiss-Wright in Fairfield, New Jersey and vowed some sort of violence over his termination. He was charged with one count of making terroristic threats, found guilty of harassment and sentenced to one year’s probation.
- In 2011, he bought a Glock 17 9mm semi-handgun in Ohio, USA.
- In 2021, he moved into a unit in Harambee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In June 2021, he spent $93 at a Phantom Fireworks showroom in Caledonia, Racine County, Wisconsin. Among the items he bought was canister smoke.
- On March 1, 2022, he posted on YouTube a video of himself criticizing Eric Adams after the 110th mayor of New York City, New York addressed public safety in the subways and announced policies focusing on homeless people.
- On March 20, 2022, he posted on YouTube a video of himself driving, saying he was on his way to Philadelphia and leaving Wisconsin. He said it was the first leg of his trip and he ranted about race, nuclear war, Ukraine and traffic in Chicago, Illinois, USA, among others. He said, “As I leave the state of Wisconsin, about to be back in the state of Illinois, all I can say is good riddance and I will never be back again alive.”
- On March 25, 2022, he arrived in Philadelphia after stops in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in Newark, New Jersey. He rented an apartment in Philadelphia for 15 days beginning March 28, 2022.
- On April 11, 2022, he rented a van from a U-Haul store in Philadelphia. On the same day, he posted on YouTube a video of himself talking about someone who engaged in violence. He said, “I’ve been through a lot of s–t where I can say I wanted to kill people. I wanted to watch people die right in front of my f–king face immediately but I thought about the fact that, hey man, I don’t want to go to no f–king prison.”
- At around 8:45 a.m. on April 12, 2022, he allegedly set off smoke bombs on board an N train in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York City and fired at least 33 shots from his Glock 17 9mm semi-handgun, injuring at least 29 people. Left behind at the scene of the shooting was a key connected to the U-Haul with Arizona, USA plates that he rented in Philadelphia on April 11, 2022. He was 62 years old when the NYPD identified him as a person of interest in connection with the subway attack.
- On April 13, 2022, he called Crime Stoppers to turn himself in. Shortly after, NYPD officers arrested him without incident at St. Mark’s Place and First Avenue in Manhattan, New York City.
- Represented by Mia Eisner-Grynberg, he was denied bail at his initial court appearance on April 14, 2022.
(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)