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NEW YORK, New York -
Frank Abrokwa, 37, the man accused of smearing human feces on an unexpecting subway rider in February 2022 and allegedly spitting at a Jewish man has been arrested and police say is now back behind bars.
Frank Abrokwa of the Bronx, was being held on Rikers Island Monday night March 21, 2022, following an arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on criminal mischief and charged with allegedly throwing a dumbbell through a ground-level window of a storage facility in Harlem. Investigators say Abrokwa also threatened a worker at the facility on Thursday, March 17, 2022.
No one was injured in the incident according to the NYPD.
Abrokwa was arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking a 43-year-old woman with a bag of feces, smearing human feces on her face and head as she waited for a subway train at the Wakefield–241st Street station on February 21,2022. Abrokwa was charged with reckless endangerment, assault, menacing, harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the attack and released on his own recognizance in accordance with the no cash bail law, according to authorities.
Frank Abrokwa was arrested again just days later in connection with an alleged anti-semitic hate crime that took place last fall on Sept. 9, 2021. In that incident, authorities said Abrokwa allegedly accosted a 46-year-old Jewish man cursing at him, threatening to kill him and trying to punch him before chasing him on the street and spitting in the man's face, at Utica Avenue, between Park Place and Prospect Place in Crown Heights. Abrokwa had been released on supervised release, meaning he only had to check in periodically with a supervised release office as his court cases proceed.
Abrokwa is also accused in an alleged screwdriver theft in the Bronx from February,2022 and has two pending cases in Manhattan. According to law enforcement officials, Abrokwa has over 40 prior arrests dating back to 1999.
The repeated releases of the suspect drew sharp criticism from Mayor Eric Adams, who highlighted Abrokwa’s alleged crimes to show “the scope of changes that we need to make in order to keep New Yorkers safe.”
"It is the result of a failed mental health system, a failed housing and support system, and failing criminal justice laws that allow someone with a history of violence who poses a clear threat to public safety to just walk out of court," Adams said following Abrokwa's second arrest. "We can’t allow this horrific situation to be the status quo and must make changes to our laws to both prevent these sorts of attacks, through intervention and support, and, when they happen, to subsequently keep people who are clearly a danger to others off the street.”
According to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, bail was set to $5,000 cash, or $15,000 insurance company bond. A judge has also ordered a psychiatric evaluation.