NYPD and Partners Announce Crime Stoppers Rewards Plan

April 15, 2022

Several members of the public who offered tips for sharing the credit

On Friday, the police department, along with its partners at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the New York City Police Foundation, announced that several members of the public who provided critical information about a suspect during the Tuesday’s subway shooting are in line to share a combined $50,000 worth of Crime Stoppers rewards.

Following Tuesday morning’s attack on the Brooklyn subway, the NYPD appealed for assistance in locating a suspect identified by detectives – and several members of the public provided accurate and timely information that led to the location and to apprehend the alleged shooter, Frank R. James.

NYPD detectives traced the many tips that were passed on to the NYPD and constructed a timeline of events leading up to Mr. James’ arrest on Wednesday afternoon in Lower Manhattan. Members of the department’s Detective Bureau have identified five people whose information directly contributed to the arrest of Mr James – around 30 hours after the mass attack.

Each of the five individuals has performed actions which, within established Crime Stoppers procedures, qualify them for consideration for a monetary reward. The plan is for the combined $50,000 reward — made up of contributions from the Police Foundation, the MTA and TWU Local 100 — to be split equally among those identified.

Proceeds will go to these five people in accordance with the standard criteria for distribution of all Crime Stoppers rewards, which is only upon arrest and charge of a person. The Crime Stoppers process offers tipsters anonymity. Federal officials charged Mr. James, 62, with carrying out an attack on a public transit system and he was sentenced to detention without bail after a brief initial appearance Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn.

“The public is the one we serve, but they are also often our best partner,” said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. “We appreciate everyone who responded to our call for information to locate this suspect, including everyone whose information was unsuccessful. We urged the public to join us in this effort to locate this suspect and New Yorkers stepped up.”

“Thanks to the help of these five good Samaritans, the NYPD was able to do their job and get a dangerous suspect off the streets just hours after his photo was released,” said Eric Adams, Mayor of New York. “The bravery of these five individuals is what truly makes New York City the Greatest City in the World. Thank you to the MTA, Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the New York City Police Foundation for providing this $50,000 reward. “

“The NYPD is a great partner in protecting millions of subway riders every day,” said MTA President and CEO Janno Lieber. “Witnesses who provided advice that helped detectives and federal agents ward off the maniac accused of a horrific attack on our city acted the same way we encourage New Yorkers to help each other – See some something, say something.”

Susan L. Birnbaum, President and CEO of the New York City Police Foundationsaid, “The New York City Police Foundation is proud to have provided immediate funds to increase the reward and bring more attention to the urgent need to capture the person behind a horrific attack on New Yorkers.”

“Transportation Workers Union Local 100 applauds these alert tipsters,” said Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano. “They have helped police identify the location of this very dangerous criminal so that he can be taken into custody. We now look forward to prosecutors taking the next step: making sure he is not never again have the freedom to walk our streets or ride our subway trains again.”

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Mark M. Gagnon