UPDATED 9:57 AM PT – Wednesday, May 25, 2022
The primary suspect in a deadly subway shooting in New York City surrendered after a lengthy manhunt. In a Tuesday press conference, the NYPD Commissioner announced the arrest of 25-year-old Andrew Abdullah.
“Today the manhunt for Andrew Abdullah is over,” said NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell. “Less than three hours after the NYPD released his photograph to the public, Mr. Abdullah knew he had nowhere left to run.”
Abdullah stands accused of fatally shooting 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez in New York’s Q Line subway train over the weekend. Police were able to identify the suspect through canvassing by transit officers, community engagement and social media outreach. The arrest came after a local bishop went to negotiate the suspects surrender with the police.
“He was arrested in his lawyer’s office this afternoon and is now being prepared for arraignment,” stated Sewell. “The murder of Daniel Enriquez was every New Yorker’s worst nightmare. Tragically, it’s a scenario that we’ve seen play out far too many times before. Andrew Abdullah was well known to the criminal justice system, but again and again his repeat offenses were not enough to keep him off our streets.”
Andrew Abdullah is now in custody.
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) May 24, 2022
Commissioner Sewell revealed Abdullah’s lengthy criminal history, which stretched back to 2016. That history includes felony assault, attempted murder, grand larceny and an ongoing gun charge. New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) blamed the shooting on what he called a “revolving door” criminal justice system.
“We got him and we got him in a way that he did not cause more injuries to New Yorker’s,” voiced Adams. “I think the commissioner stated something that’s important, we got a killer off our streets. Far too many killers are back on our streets through a revolving door criminal justice system that appears to pit the NYPD and good New Yorker’s against the bad guys.”
In the meantime, he’s being charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree while investigators review the evidence against him.