Christopher Neely, the uncle of Jordan Neely, who tragically lost his life in a fatal subway encounter, has recently found himself in legal trouble.
Who is Christopher Neely?
Christopher Neely was apprehended by police at the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan after attempting to flee from a pickpocket team. Neely’s arrest revealed his involvement in multiple thefts, as stolen credit cards and an unlawful weapon were found in his possession.
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Following his arrest, he admitted to the officers that he was the uncle of Jordan Neely, the homeless street performer who tragically passed away on May 1st after a fatal incident on a subway train in Lower Manhattan.
Neely was charged by the police with multiple offenses, including criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, bail jumping, and unlawful possession of a weapon. Initially, he was transported to the 14th police precinct.
At the time of his arrest on Monday, Christopher Neely, aged 44, had a significant criminal history with more than 70 previous arrests. Additionally, he had two outstanding arrest warrants.
Neely’s arrest came a day after he passionately demanded that Daniel Penny face trial for his actions, stating that a plea deal would be an injustice and allow Penny to repeat such behaviour. Neely also called for the two individuals seen assisting Penny in restraining his nephew to face criminal charges.
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Daniel Penny, currently out on $100,000 bail, is charged with manslaughter in connection with Jordan Neely’s death. The incident, captured on camera, showed Penny restraining Neely with the help of two other passengers after Neely reportedly made threats and intimidated fellow passengers on the train.
Daniel Penny maintains his innocence, distancing himself from racial bias and asserting that his actions were not motivated by hatred or discrimination.
The events surrounding Christopher Neely’s arrest, although unrelated to the case itself, serve as a reminder of the complexities involved in high-profile incidents.