That smells fishier than a salmon on rye.
The owner of Katz’s Deli broke the Kibosh on Friday with reports that accused subway maniac Frank James had lunch at the famous restaurant an hour or two before his arrest, with the restaurateur telling the Post: “We have that Video checked, we didn’t see him.”
James, who faces terrorism charges for allegedly firing 33 shots aboard an N train bound for Manhattan during Tuesday’s rush hour, led police on a “wild goose chase” for more than a day after he changed clothes and from had removed the scene of the attack.
During that time, he wandered the Big Apple, where he was spotted in Park Slope, Chinatown, the East Village and, according to multiple news reports, having lunch at the Legendary Deli, a tourist haven on East Houston Street known for its Jewish cuisine classics.
But according to senior police sources and Katz’s owner, the alleged sighting at the restaurant was nothing but a fish affair.
The outlet, which first reported the story, cited a single “source” who claimed James ate at Katz’s “a few hours” after 10:30 a.m. before heading to a McDonald’s on First Avenue and East Sixth Street . But even the report noted that no deli employee could confirm James had been there.
Another outlet later reported the sighting, citing “police sources.”
But a half-dozen law enforcement sources told The Post on Friday that the NYPD has no confirmed record of James going to Katz, nor were detectives questioning employees there, as witnesses at various other locations have was.
When The Post visited Katz’s Friday afternoon to investigate the outlets’ claims, the restaurant’s owner, Jake Dell, said their stories didn’t add up.
“I checked out the cameras [11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday]. I am confident [James] didn’t come in at the time,” Dell said, adding that the deli had “over 60” security cameras. “We checked the video, we didn’t see him.
“Could it have been earlier? Or after? Tuesday or last week? We have thousands of people coming here for a pastrami sandwich,” Dell said.
“The cops didn’t come here, they didn’t ask me to watch the video. I just watched it out of curiosity,” he added. “I don’t know where that rumor came from.
“I don’t even know who that source is,” Dell quipped.
“It just looks like lazy reporting to me.”
Additional reporting by Larry Celona and Craig McCarthy
https://nypost.com/2022/04/15/katzs-confirms-brooklyn-shooting-suspect-frank-james-didnt-eat-at-deli/ Katz’s confirms Frank James, the suspected Brooklyn gunman, didn’t eat at the deli