On the morning of Tuesday, April 12th, it was reported that a man had entered a New York subway, set off a smoke grenade, and began shooting the passengers on the subway cart. At least 23 people were injured; no deaths. A city-wide manhunt was underway shortly after the attack and the White House sent reinforcements to help in the search to find the attacker, who has since been caught as of Tuesday evening, with the help of a report from a Jersey City resident working in the City. His name is Zack Tahhan and he’s been hailed a hero for spotting Frank James and is said to have ultimately assisted the police in locating him and taking him into custody.
Zack, who is 21 years of age, moved to Jersey City from Syria. He was working in New York for the day installing cameras for a coffee shop, when he spotted James walking down the block with a big bag, NorthJersey.com and Patch also reported. Frank was seen in the subway holding that bag, as it was holding his weapons.
The local was recorded by press and NY residents alike as he explained how the situation unfolded and what came to his mind when he spotted him on the camera footage.
See below for an interview with Zack where he explains the first-hand account of where he spots him, notifies people who were walking beside Frank to steer clear, and how it was affecting him at that moment to know that he has found the attacker and is doing everything in his power to help him get arrested immediately.
Since then, people have been using the hashtag #thankyouzack on social media – and for good reason. Thanks to Zack’s undeniable bravery, Frank James, is in the custody of the police and will face do-process for his crimes against innocent New Yorkers.