NEW YORK (WABC) – Subway shooting suspect Frank James refused to appear in federal court for the status conference scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, prompting the judge to order the US Police Department to forcibly bring him in. the.
“When the respondent refuses to appear before the Court when required in connection with the case referred to above, hereby hereby ORDERED that the United States Marshals Service, its agents and/or those designee, using all necessary force to bring about the above-named defendant,” said judge William Kuntz.
James allegedly shot 10 people on a subway train in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, April 13 before he fled on another train and became the subject of a manhunt.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of carrying out a violent attack on a public transportation system.
On Wednesday, a judge denied a plea to adjourn the trial.
It comes as Witness News accompanied the ride on Tuesday night as New York City’s top police went underground in an effort to keep subway riders safe.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell toured the subway station where a teenager was assaulted over the weekend and was accompanied by New Yorkers, who all had an opinion.
It’s been a rough two weeks in the transit system, with three murders – two in the subway and one on the bus.
The NYPD, which has been flooded with transits with thousands of officers since the start of the year, added nearly a thousand, focusing on 15 train lines at 20 stations across the city.
“Obviously we’re concerned about the safety of New Yorkers,” Sewell said. “This subway has to be safe. I remember taking the subway by myself to get to school. People who go to school, people who work in the city, and this is the lifeline, it has to be safe.”
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