Katz’s confirms that Frank James, suspected of shooting in Brooklyn, did not eat at the deli
This smells more fishy than a rye salmon.
The owner of Katz’s Deli on Friday put the kibosh on reports that subway freak Frank James had had lunch at the famous restaurant an hour or two before he was arrested, with the restaurateur telling The Post: “We looked at the video. , we didn’t see it. ”
James, who is accused of terrorism for allegedly firing 33 shots aboard an N train bound for Manhattan during a rush hour commute on Tuesday, led police on a “wild goose hunt” for more than a day. after changing his clothes and slipping out of the attack scene.
During that time, he wandered the Big Apple, where he was spotted in Park Slope, Chinatown, the East Village and, according to several reports, having lunch at the iconic deli, a tourist paradise on East Houston Street known for Jewish cuisine. classics.
But according to high-level police sources and Katz’s owner, the alleged sighting at the restaurant was nothing more than a fish story.
The outlet that first reported the story cited a single “source” who claimed that James went to Katz’s “a few hours” after 10:30 am before heading to a McDonald’s on First Avenue and East Sixth Street. Yet even the report noted that no deli worker could confirm James had been there.
Another store later reported the sighting, citing “police sources”.
But half a dozen law enforcement sources noted Friday at The Post that the NYPD has no confirmed records of James going to Katz, nor have the staff been interviewed by investigators, as had witnesses in various other locations. .
When The Post visited Katz’s Friday afternoon to follow up on the outlets’ claims, restaurant owner Jake Dell said their stories weren’t adding up.
“I have reviewed the cameras from [11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday]. I’m confident [James] he didn’t go in at that time, “Dell said, adding that the deli has” over 60 “surveillance cameras.” We reviewed the video, we didn’t see it.
“Could it have been before? Or later? Tuesday or last week? We have thousands of people who come here for a pastrami sandwich, ”Dell said.
“The cops didn’t come here, they didn’t ask me to watch the video. I just looked at it out of my curiosity, “she added.” I don’t know where this rumor started.
“I don’t even know who this source is,” Dell complained.
“It just seems lazy to report to me.”
Additional reporting by Larry Celona and Craig McCarthy