New York (CBS New York) The New York Police Department has arrested The Union Square subway was shot down on Monday.
It all happened when officers investigated a bank robbery on Tuesday afternoon that they believe was perpetrated by the same suspect.
CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas spoke to the shooting victim.
The suspect is believed to have robbed Chase’s bank, and was tracked down on the R train with three loaded handguns and piles of cash. The officers said his signature shoes were a gift to him.
The victim, who is still in the hospital, said that everything happened very quickly. Once he was on his phone taking care of his affairs and the next time he was shot in the leg.
around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, NYPD Officers swarmed into the Union Square metro station and arrested a man they believed had shot the innocent passenger the day before in an N train car, before escaping.
“Police officers responded to a report of a bank robbery in Chase and discovered that the suspect’s description matched that of yesterday’s shooting,” NYPD Chief Kathleen O’Reilly said.
The 42-year-old shooting victim requested anonymity on CBS2.
“I was like looking at my phone and I stood up and he was standing in front of me and then he dialed my phone,” the victim said in a phone interview.
He said that when he approached him he did not immediately know that it was an attempted burglary.
“He asked for my phone and… what do you mean? He dialed the phone again and pulled a gun and shot my foot,” the victim said.
Early Tuesday morning, the New York Police Department released photos of the suspect who they say is also linked to two other crimes – an attempted robbery around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at a deli on Lexington Avenue and East 41st Street, where the suspect allegedly targeted a man asking Food but he refused the $45 that was offered to him.
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Then on Monday, around 4:47 p.m., just 10 minutes before the subway shooting, he is allegedly involved in the TD bank robbery on Canal Street, in which authorities say the suspect displayed a gun and ordered money from a teller. Get away with $1100.
“We transmitted pictures of those shoes, which are easy to identify, and easy for our officers to spot,” O’Reilly said. “We still deploy 1,000 officers in transit every day.”
As reported by CBS2’s Cory James, it was Officer Lennoxann Samerson and her partner who spotted him.
“I went to the conductor, directed him to the train,” she said. “It was noticed in the last carriage of a train, and it was identified based on… the shoe.”
As for the shooting victim, he said he rarely took the N train, but was on his way to the grocery store. Now, doctors are waiting to provide more details about his long recovery ahead.
The good news is that the victim said the bullet did not hit any arteries.
As for the suspect, the police said he did not resist.
Police identified him as Damon Bailey, 38. He faces robbery, attempted robbery, assault, reckless endangerment, and possession charges with a weapon.
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CBS2’s Corey James contributed to this report. It was originally published on October 26, 2021 and has since been updated.