BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Somebody saw something and said something.
A Florida man was busted in the Grand Street B/D subway station, at Grand and Chrystie Streets, in the heart of Chinatown, Saturday morning in possession of an assault rifle, large-capacity ammo clips and a loaded handgun, according to police.
Police were alerted of a “suspicious person” on the station’s mezzanine level. When Transit cops responded, they found the man had an AR-15 rifle in a bag. After arresting him, they also found that he had a loaded 9-millimeter handgun on his person. In addition, he had what police described as “large-capacity ammo feeders” — illegal ammunition clips — for the AR-15.
When our @NYPDTransit officers were alerted of a suspicious individual inside the subway station, they immediately went to investigate & found a man carrying an AR-15-style rifle and a loaded handgun. A man was swiftly arrested by this team & his dangerous weapons confiscated. pic.twitter.com/zPfkzj7Mru
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 15, 2022
The individual was identified as Yasmany Lopez, 25, of Miami, Florida. Police spokespersons did not have further details on what Lopez specifically had been doing to arouse straphangers’ suspicion, how long he had been in New York City or if he had made any statements to police during or after his arrest.
Lopez was charged with several counts of criminal posession of weapons and criminal possession of large-capacity ammunition feeders.
In terms of where Lopez is now, police referred questions to the Manhattan district attorney. The D.A.’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Saturday’s subway station arrest came less than four hours before 10 people were slain in a horrific, racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.