Jordan Neely’s uncle, who adamantly demanded justice for his nephew who died after being choked on a New York City subway, was arrested for purse-snatching, casting light on his lengthy rap sheet.
Since the May 1 incident that saw U.S. Marine Corps veteran Daniel Penny, 24, subdue Neely in defense of his fellow subway riders, only to later be charged with second-degree manslaughter, the deceased’s 44-year-old uncle Christopher Neely has been among the most vocal calling for the punishment for the alleged crimes.
The day after speaking with the New York Post asserting Penny “will do it again,” the uncle was arrested near the Port Authority Bus Terminal after allegedly stealing purses, police told the outlet.
As reported: “A member of the NYPD’s pickpocket team spotted Neely, of Hamilton Heights, at about 11 p.m. Monday near the Manhattan bus station. He allegedly took off when the officer approached him — and fought back when cops caught up to him after a brief chase, the sources said.”
When he had spoken with the Post, the uncle had made Penny out to be a crazed vigilante who, unless behind bars, would seek out another opportunity to take the law into his own hands. “He needs to be prosecuted or he will do it again. It’s a smack in the face for Jordan’s family and the people of New York.”
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“I want this to go to trial. He has too much confidence in himself and has to be taught what he did was wrong,” Neely went on. “He thinks what he did was a good deed — that is monstrous. How can you say ‘everything I did was right’ when he killed an unarmed man that weighed 100 pounds, if that?”
Meanwhile, at the time of his arrest, the uncle was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon having been armed with a gravity knife, possession of a stolen credit card, grand larceny, resisting arrest and bail-jumping, according to the New York Daily News.
Seemingly speaking from first-hand experience about repeat offenses, Neely’s rap sheet included prior charges of robbery, burglary, a grand larceny charge that violated his probation from an earlier case, and rape.
By comparison, when Penny broke his silence and spoke on the incident that left many claiming the Marine’s actions were racially motivated, he said, “This has nothing to do with race. I judge a person based on their character. I’m not a white supremacist.”
To Neely’s point, but not his implications, Penny admitted he would step in again if he believed others faced a similar threat like the one perceived on May 1, “You know, I live an authentic and genuine life. And I would — if there was a threat and danger in the present …”
“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of life. It’s tragic what happened to him. Hopefully, we can change the system that’s so desperately failed us,” the veteran went on.
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