Reports: On the Run, Subway Shooter at Dimes and Lunch at Katz’s after Subway Shooting

Posted on: April 18th, 2022 at 5:01 am by

What does a suspect do while on the run from shooting innocent straphangers on a Brooklyn subway?

Exactly – he reportedly takes a breather outside Dimes, charges his phone, then eats lunch at Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side, all before before reporting himself to cops.

In the thirty-one hours after firing thirty-three shots on a crowded N train, subway shooting suspect Frank R. James had quite a Caulfieldian adventure.

According to published reports, sightings began at around 10:30am last Wednesday, when he was spotted by several bystanders sitting outside Dimes, the Canal Street hotspot. Witnesses took pictures of him sitting, apparently using a Link NYC hub to charge his phone, and posted the images to social media.

A few hours later, according to various news outlets, diners spotted James scarfing lunch at Katz’s Deli. (However, owner Jake Dell vehemently disputed the allegations, claiming that footage from more than sixty surveillance cameras didn’t show James on-premise.)

Then, just after 1:00pm, James called Crime Stoppers on himself, confessing he was at the McDonald’s on First Avenue, reportedly saying: “I think you’re looking for me. I’m seeing my picture all over the news and I’ll be around this McDonald’s.”

By the time police arrived, James had already left the fast food joint. But several good Samaritans – including Zack Tahhan who was working for MACA security integrators outside Saifee Hardware – spotted James nearby on St. Mark’s Place and First Avenue and flagged down police.

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