Uncle of Jordan Neely appears in court charged with handling seven stolen credit cards
The uncle of Jordan Neely, whose chokehold death on the subway sparked an outcry, has appeared in court charged with carrying a switchblade and handling stolen credit cards.
Christopher Neely, 44, was escorted in handcuffs for his arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday after he was busted Monday while trying to flee the NYPD’s pickpocket team.
The career crook, who has a lengthy rap sheet like his late nephew, was hit with four felonies including possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, bail jumping, and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was also charged with eight misdemeanors.
His arraignment comes days after he demanded officials not give a plea deal to Daniel Penny, the ex-marine who choked out his 30-year-old nephew, whose death has sparked fierce debate about self-defense and homelessness in the Big Apple.
“He needs to be prosecuted or he will do it again,” Neely told the New York Post on Sunday. ‘It’s a smack in the face for Jordan’s family and the people of New York.’
Christopher Neely, 44, was escorted in handcuffs for his arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday after he was busted Monday while trying to flee the NYPD’s pickpocket team
Penny, 24, turned himself in after the District Attorney’s office announced he would be charged with second-degree manslaughter. He recently said that ‘it’s tragic what happened to [Neely]’ but would act the same in a similar situation
On Monday, Neely was nabbed near the Port Authority Bus Terminal close to Manhattan’s Garment District. He was spotted by cops who recognized him as a known robber, sources told The New York Daily News.
He jumped the turnstile before he was chased and caught by an officer around 11.35pm.
Neely was allegedly armed with a gravity knife and was carrying several bank cards in the names of other people.
He has two dozen previous convictions, including rape, robbery and burglary. He was also wanted for an outstanding grand larceny charge – which had violated his probation from a prior case.
His nephew Jordan’s funeral was held in Harlem last Friday where the Rev. Al Sharpton eulogized the homeless schizophrenic.
It was attended by liberal politicians including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has claimed that Jordan Neely was ‘murdered.’
Neely, who has previous convictions for vicious assaults on subway passengers, was restrained by Penny after he allegedly threatened people on the train car.
Penny put Neely in a chokehold on the F train at the Broadway-Lafayette Street and Bleecker Street station on May 1.
The former Marine has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter and released on $100,000 bond following furious protests and accusations of racism.
Penny broke his silence on Saturday to say that Neely’s death had nothing to do with race, claiming he did what he believed was right and would behave the same way if he were put in the same situation again.
‘I mean, it’s, it’s a little bit comical. Everybody who’s ever met me can tell you, I love all people, I love all cultures,’ Penny told the Post.
‘You can tell by my past and all my travels and adventures around the world. I was actually planning a road trip through Africa before this happened.
‘I’m a normal guy,’ added Penny, insisting that he is not a vigilante.
On May 1, Penny put Neely in a fatal chokehold on a NYC subway. Neely had been threatening passengers
Pallbearers carry the casket of Jordan Neely days before his uncle said Penny should not get a plea deal in the case
Penny, who is from Long Island, faces 15 years in prison in a case that has been highly polarizing, with conservative politicians jumping to defend him, and prominent liberals calling for him to be convicted of murder and jailed.
A fund to pay for his legal defense had reached around $3 million.
Penny said he doesn’t watch the news and that while he was aware of negative opinions about him, he tried not to let them affect him.
‘If you’re faced with all these challenges, you have to remain calm,’ he said.
‘What’s the point of worrying about something, worrying is not going to make your problems disappear.
‘I attribute this to my father and grandfather. They are very very stoic.
Penny also said he had quit social media years ago.
‘I don’t follow anyone, and I don’t have social media because I really don’t like the attention and I just think there are better ways to spend your time. I don’t like the limelight,’ he said.
Neely had an extensive rap sheet for crimes on the subway, including vicious assaults of other passengers.
In 2021, Neely attacks an elderly woman as she leaves the Bowery station in the East Village. She suffered a broken nose, a fractured orbital bone, and “bruising, swelling and substantial pain to the back of her head” in the November 12 attack, according to a criminal complaint.
He admitted felony assault on February 9 in exchange for a 15-month alternative-to-incarceration program, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
He was supposed to stay in a treatment facility and stay sober.
Between January 2020 and August 2021, he was arrested for public lewdness after pulling down his pants and exposing himself to a woman, misdemeanor assault for hitting a woman in the face, and criminal contempt for violating a restraining order.
All three cases were dismissed as part of his February 9 plea deal, according to Fox News.
In June 2019, Neely assaulted 68-year-old Filemon Castillo Baltazar on the platform of the W. 4th St. Station in Greenwich Village, court records show.
‘Out of nowhere, he punched me in the face,’ the victim told the New York Daily News. He said he saw Neely rummaging in trash cans for food before the attack.
A month earlier, Neely punched a man in the face, breaking his nose on the platform of Broadway-Lafayette – the same subway station where he died.
For both 2019 cases, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to six months in jail.