NEW YORK — The suspect accused of shooting a man on a crowded subway train at the Union Square station is in custody following a robbery Tuesday, police said.
The suspect, who police believe has been involved in several recent robberies, was arrested following a bank robbery. The man displayed a firearm and took an undetermined amount of money from the teller before fleeing, police said.
Detectives noticed the description of the bank robbery suspect matched the description of the subway shooting suspect from the day before, and deployed officers to search subway trains.
The suspect’s distinctive shoes, which he wore during the alleged crimes, were one of the identifying characteristics officers used to nab him.
“We know an alert officer recognized the man suspected of preying on subway riders and robbing banks because NYC Transit security got his picture,” MTA Communications Director Tim Minton said in a statement. “That and hundreds of additional NYPD officers throughout the system are among reasons why transit crime is at a 25-year low and why new pandemic ridership records are being set every week.”
After holding and then searching a southbound R train stopped at Union Square station, officers located the suspect. He had three loaded firearms and cash in his possession, police officials said.
Police provided the update during a press conference on Tuesday.
“It’s disturbing … to see that many firearms out on the streets and on our subways,” Chief of Transit Kathleen O’Reilly said. “But our transit officers are deployed at the right places at the right time.”
An officer involved in the arrest said the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
In addition to the subway shooting and the bank robbery that led to his arrest, the man has allegedly been involved in other robbery incidents. Investigations into other possible incidents are underway, police said.