According to The Daily Mail, Jordan Neely’s uncle was reportedly arrested Monday while allegedly having stolen credit cards in his possession. This came one day after he said that there shouldn’t be a plea deal for the veteran who is accused of placing his mentally ill nephew, a homeless man in a fatal chokehold.
The Mail continues:
Police sources reported that Christopher Neely, who was confronted by a pickpocket squad at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan on Monday night, had fled after being confronted.
When he was approached, he had been wanted for several larcenies committed in Manhattan. Neely, when police caught him up, was found to have several credit cards and debit cards with other people’s names on them, including one that had reportedly been stolen in a previous pickpocket. Sources said he was also carrying a gravitational knife.
He identified himself to officers as Jordan Neely’s uncle. The younger man was killed on May 1, during an incident that occurred on a Lower Manhattan subway train.
According to the Mail, Neely, 44, is charged with criminal possession of stolen goods, resisting an arrest, bail-jumping, and unlawful weapon possession. He has been arrested more than 70 times in the past, along with having two warrants.
Daniel Penny, a U.S. Marine Veteran, turned himself into New York police on May 12 to face manslaughter charges in relation to Jordan Neely’s death.
The outlet reported that “Neely” (a mentally ill man who has over 40 arrests) had been yelling threats on the F-train in New York City, before being wrestled down and put in a chokehold.
Video footage of the incident.
Penny was charged after protesters called for his arrest. The Mail reported that Christopher Neely had said that the accused shouldn’t receive a guilty plea or “he would do it again.”
A report also noted that Jordan Neely is on the “top 50 list” of homeless people at risk in the city, known for their severe issues and refusal to accept help.
One person who was present at the fatal incident expressed her gratitude to the veteran for taking charge.
“Nobody wants anyone to be killed.” Mr. Penny did not want to kill the man. You should have seen how Mr. Penny sat. He was in a state of distress and visibly distraught. He didn’t leave. He didn’t run. “He stayed,” said the person.