New York – A man suddenly suspected of pulling a gun The murder of a stranger on the New York City subway train He was arrested on Tuesday, with police saying his motive for the unprovoked attack was “a big mystery”.
Andrew Abdullah, 25, is facing murder charges in connection with the death of 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez, who was shot while going to a Sunday brunch.
Abdullah “targeted this poor man for reasons we don’t know,” Chief of Detectives James Essig told a news conference.
Hours after his arrest, police posted Abdullah’s name and photo on social media and asked the public to help find him. But after the arrest, the police revealed that the officers briefly stopped him after the shooting but let him go as his clothes did not match the description given.
The Legal Aid Society, which is representing Abdullah, said it was just beginning to review the evidence and urged the public not to make assumptions about the case.
“Mr. Abdullah deserves vigorous representation from his defense counsel, and that is what the Legal Aid Society will provide,” the organization said in a statement.
about six weeks later 10 injured in another metro shootingEssig said witnesses on Sunday saw a man muttering to himself as he accelerated the last car of a Q Line train going from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Only witnesses can say the words: “No phone.”
Police said the man then pulled out a gun and fired shots at Enriquez from close range, injuring him once in the chest. Essig said the shooter fled after the train arrived on Manhattan’s Canal Street and handed his gun to a stranger. Police eventually found the recipient and the gun, which was reported to have been stolen in Virginia in 2019.
About a block and a half away, officers stopped Abdullah and asked him what he was doing, Essig said. But she wasn’t wearing the black hoodie mentioned in the initial suspect description, and she had a backpack that wasn’t mentioned. The officers let him go but withdrew his name.
Esig said that later, upon viewing surveillance video, did the police learn that the gunman had removed the sweatshirt after the shooting.
The Legal Aid Society said it had tried to arrange for Abdullah to surrender in the subway shooting since Monday night, but officials instead took the “totally unreasonable and unreasonable” decision to hold him outside the organisation’s office. The investigation has been sent to the police.
According to parole records and police, Abdullah was on parole till last June after serving 2 1/2 years in prison on conviction for conspiracy and possession of arms in a gang case. Court records show that he has open criminal cases relating to the April 24 vehicle theft and alleged assault in 2020. He has not filed a petition in any of these matters; Messages seeking comments were left with his lawyers.
“This gruesome crime should never have happened,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a news briefing on Tuesday, calling Abdullah “a repeat offender who was given every leeway by the criminal justice system.”
Ahead of her arrest, Enriquez’s sister Griselda Ville on Tuesday urged the city to tackle crime more effectively.
“I’m requesting that this not happen to any other New Yorker,” she told fox news, “I don’t want my brother to be a well-known name in the media, a passing name in our normalcy after the pandemic.”
Enriquez worked for the Global Investment Research Division at Goldman Sachs, where CEO David Solomon called him a dedicated and beloved employee who “embodies our culture of collaboration and excellence”.
Enriquez returned to New York City in the mid-1990s to earn a master’s degree in Latin American Studies at New York University. His learning didn’t stop there – during the coronavirus pandemic, he learned to play the guitar and speak Portuguese and Italian, his family and teammates said.
“He was in constant self-improvement mode,” brother-in-law Glenn Wiley told Fox News.
The eldest of five children, Enriquez, texted his siblings about an hour before he was killed to advise them to check on their parents, who have health problems, she said.
The seemingly random shooting shook a town already concerned about public safety. Many types of crime have resumed after the pandemic dipped dramatically when people were staying home.
In the first five months of 2022, the number of shootings in the city has decreased slightly compared to the same period a year ago, and the number of murders is down 12% so far from the previous year. But after nearly a decade of record lows, New York is still on pace with its second highest number of homicides since 2011.
In terms of violent crime, the city is much safer now than it was in the 1970s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s. But crime is by far the city’s biggest concern for voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this month. It surveyed 1,249 registered city voters and has an error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.
Democrat Mayor Eric Adams, who has campaigned on promises to make the city safer, said his administration would evaluate how it was deploying officials across the vast subway system.
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