Accused Q train killer Andrew Abdullah arrested without bail on murder and weapons charges
The man suspected of shooting dead a Goldman Sachs employee on the subway was remanded in custody without bail on Wednesday for second-degree murder.
Andrew Abdullah, 25, has been charged with the fatal shooting of Daniel Enriquez on the Q train as the victim was on his way to Sunday brunch.
Abdullah was arrested Tuesday after two days on the run from the offices of the Manhattan Legal Aid Society.
A career criminal and alleged mobster, Abdullah attempted to surrender to Mayor Eric Adams with the help of a controversial Brooklyn bishop with ties to the first-term mayor.
Instead, the fugitive task force stormed the law firms and took the accused killer into custody.
He faces charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police and prosecutors said.
“About 11:42 a.m. when the Q train was between DeKalb [Ave] and Canal Street, the defendant was pacing near the center of the car, just a few yards from where Daniel Enriquez was sitting looking at his cell phone,” Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg said in Manhattan Criminal Court.
“In an unprovoked attack and with intent to kill, the defendant drew his loaded pistol, aimed it at Daniel Enriquez and fired a shot to the center of Daniel Enriquez’s body.”
Abdullah fled the train at Chinatown’s Canal Street station, but police were able to track his movements and “identified him as the shooter,” Blumberg said, adding that police eventually recovered the murder weapon and matched it with the cartridge case they found found in the wagon.
Judge Jonathan Svetkey remanded Abdullah, who appeared in court in black sneakers, gray sweatpants and a short-sleeved T-shirt over a long-sleeved T-shirt, tied behind his back.
The defendant said nothing during his appearance and turned once to acknowledge his supporters in the courtroom.
Legal Aid Society attorney Kristin Bruan requested that her client receive medical and mental health care, to which Svetkey agreed.
Abdullah already had three pending cases and was being questioned about an armed robbery earlier this year when cops said he allegedly opened fire and killed Enriquez.
The Goldman Sachs employee was hit in the chest and died on the floor of the train, while the gunman fled and handed the gun to a homeless tramp, police officers said.
Enriquez was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.
Abdullah was initially identified as a person interested in the assassination, but was identified as a suspect shortly before his arrest on Tuesday, police sources said.
Earlier in the day, the NYPD announced that the Luger 9mm pistol that the killer gave to a homeless man – who later sold it to another tramp for drugs – was confirmed as the gun used to shoot and kill Enriquez on the train .
Lamor Whitehead, the controversial Bishop of Brooklyn who tried unsuccessfully to negotiate Abdullah’s surrender, told reporters he had “several conversations” with Adams and had been “in touch all morning” with the mayor before the arrest.
At a later briefing, Adams sidestepped his ties to Whitehead, saying only that he had “a good relationship with a lot of the religious around town.”
He declined to speak about what the two men had discussed, though the case is still part of an ongoing investigation by prosecutors and county police officers.
Adam Pollack, Enriquez’s partner of 18 years, said the slain victim only recently started taking the subway to work and his habit of taking an Uber from Brooklyn into the city because of the ride-sharing company’s recent hike in costs given up.
Pollack, 54, said Enriquez typically traveled to his Goldman Sachs office four times a week and went to Manhattan on Sundays to play pool and have brunch with friends.
“He stopped taking Uber f—ng maybe a few weeks ago,” he told the Post Monday. “He wasn’t a subway person. It was the price increase, the $40 each way.”
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