A New York City man was arrested Wednesday after firing multiple shots in a Manhattan subway station.
John Rote, 43, of Astoria reportedly fired shots after he spotted an alleged panhandler demanding money from a woman.
“Authorities say Tuesday night inside the N-R-W subway station at West 49th and 7th Avenue, a panhandler had opened the emergency gate and threatened to steal the purse of a woman if she didn’t give him money,” FOX 5 reports.
“According to police, Rote told officers he was watching and pulled out a gun he was carrying and fired warning shots in an attempt to stop the mugging,” the outlet added.
Media outlets said no injuries were reported and police arrested the alleged panhandler.
“I want to be clear: We don’t tolerate this kind of conduct in NYC Transit, period,” city Transit President Richard Davey said in a statement announcing Rote’s arrest.
“Once again cameras recorded a perpetrator, and we are grateful the NYPD made an arrest within hours. Thank goodness nobody was hurt here — but what occurred was outrageous, reckless, and unacceptable.”
Roesch — who officials said is “known to police” — was arrested within minutes of the shooting, but the gunman was able to slip away.
He was charged with attempted robbery. His address is listed as a men’s shelter in Kips Bay.
Rote was only nabbed after police appealed to the public by releasing the footage and surveillance stills of the gunman.
An unnamed acquaintance recognized Rote and called the NYPD, sources said.