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Times Square Shooting Suspect ‘Career Criminal With a Lengthy Rap Sheet’

Posted on | May 15, 2021 | Comments Off on Times Square Shooting Suspect ‘Career Criminal With a Lengthy Rap Sheet’

When you’re on the run, don’t run out of gas:

Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, was arrested in Florida on Wednesday on suspicion of being the man responsible for shooting three people in New York City’s Times Square neighborhood earlier this week.
According to the Associated Press, Muhammad was taken into custody in a McDonald’s parking lot near Jacksonville, Fla. where he was with a woman believed to be his girlfriend.
He was arrested by U.S. Marshals and was listed in an inmate database for the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, the outlet reports.
Two dogs were also reportedly in the car.
The arrest occurred without incident, according to police.
Initial media reports noted that Muhammad’s girlfriend was not arrested at first but that police were only in the very early stages of their investigation. That girlfriend, Kristen Vergara was, however, later arrested and charged with accessory after the fact.
According to New York City-based Spectrum NY-1, Muhammad was eating in his car at the time he was found out and had only taken refuge in his vehicle (and the fast food chain’s parking lot) because of an East Coast fuel shortage. After running out of gas, the suspect reportedly had no choice but to briefly stop in Starke, Fla.

Coincidentally, Starke is the location of Florida’s main state penitentiary — institutions with which Muhammad should be quite familiar:

The suspected gunman who allegedly wounded three people in Times Square — including a 4-year-old girl — is a career criminal with a lengthy rap sheet, sources familiar with the cases told The Post.
Farrakhan Muhammad, 31 . . . has a criminal record dating to 2007, including two felony robbery arrests and a 2012 bust where cops seized a 12-gauge shotgun, a 22-caliber handgun, and body armor, according to sources.
According to the sources, Muhammad’s first arrest was in January 2007, when he was picked up on a robbery charge for allegedly stealing a victim’s cellphone in Brooklyn.
In November 2009, Muhammad was hit with another robbery charge for allegedly grabbing a woman’s bag while she was loading up a car — with him and a second suspect fleeing the scene, sources said.
His other busts include turnstile jumping and aggravated harassment, the sources said. . . .
In total, Muhammad was arrested at least nine times — most recently on an assault charge on March 14 last year for allegedly grabbing a man by the neck and throwing him into a garbage can at 51st Street and Seventh Avenue, a high-ranking police source said.

Why can’t New York keep people like this behind bars?



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