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Jordan Neely biography: 13 things about Michael Jackson impersonator from New York


Jordan Neely was the homeless man U.S. Marine Corps veteran Daniel James Penny put in chokehold in New York City, New York, United States on May 1, 2023. Here are 13 more things about Neely:

  1. His mother Christie Neely is one of the six children of Clarence Neely and Clara Neely.
  2. He struggled with mental illness, according to his father Andre Zachery. He had a documented history of violent and erratic behavior, which was the apparent result of ongoing and untreated, mental illness.
  3. He was 6 years older than Penny.
  4. His mother, a telemarketer, was 36 when she was fatally strangled by her boyfriend, a golf caddie, in her home in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA. A U.S. Department of Transportation employee found her body stuffed in a travel bag in the Bronx, New York City on April 7, 2007 and was identified on April 10, 2007. Shortly after her death, he dropped out of high school.
  5. For years, he performed on the subways of New York City as a tribute artist impersonating Michael Jackson, who died in Los Angeles, California, USA on June 25, 2009 at age 50.
  6. Between 2013 and 2023, he was arrested 42 times by the New York City Police Department.
  7. In November 2021, he was accused of slugging a woman, then 67, in the face, breaking her nose and fracturing her orbital bones. He was arrested, charged with second-degree assault and incarcerated at Rikers Island in the Bronx.
  8. On February 9, 2023, he was released from Rikers Island.
  9. On February 23, 2023, a warrant was issued for his arrest because he allegedly threatened his grandfather.
  10. On May 1, 2023, he was allegedly acting erratically inside an F train in Manhattan, New York City so Penny put him in a chokehold for at least 15 minutes while two other men held him to the floor of the train car. He lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan shortly afterwards. 
  11. He was homeless when he died on May 1, 2023. He was 30.
  12. On May 4, 2023, his aunt Carolyn Neely told the New York Post, “The whole system just failed him. He fell through the cracks of the system.”
  13. His cause of death was ruled a homicide but no charges were filed for his death as of May 5, 2023.

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  1. The Marine man who killed Jordan Neely in a chokehold on an F train in the New York City subway,is a CRIMINAL,and he must be arrested and charged as a criminal,for the first degree murder of Jordan Neely-The Marine man should also face the death penalty in New York State,for his willful,wrongful,and criminal behaviour!!!


    • Daniel Penny can best be described as a “good Samaritan” (a Marine Seargent /a Veteran) who acted in self-defense and the defense of other passengers on the F train (that day).

      It is TRAGIC that Jordan Neely ..(a deranged homeless man & drug abuser, w/ a LONG history of violent outbursts & erratic confrontations w/ strangers on the New York City subway system) .. DIED.

      In the RECENT confrontation that took Mr. Neely’s life .. at least 3 passengers, including Daniel Penny .. struggled to restrain him.

      OTHER passengers called 911 , even before the CONFRONTATION; other passengers helped put Mr. Neely in the “recovery” position AFTER he passed out. THERE is eyewitness testimony from passengers on the F train .. to what happened , .. before WHAT is shown on “the video”.


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