Jordan Neely’s uncle Christopher Neely was arrested by NYPD officers and charged with credit card theft, pickpocketing and weapon possession.
Neely, 44, fled from police and was captured Monday night with several allegedly stolen credit cards and a concealed knife, DailyMail.com reported.
Christopher Neely was nabbed after running away from a police pickpocket team that confronted him at the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan, police sources tell The Mail.
Neely was wanted for a string of larceny pickpocket crimes in Manhattan. He was found in possession of several credit and debit cards in other people’s names. He was also carrying a knife, police sources tell The Mail.
Police charged Neely with criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, bail jumping and unlawful possession of a weapon.
After he was captured, Neely told police he was the uncle of Jordan Neely, a Michael Jackson impersonator who died on May 1 after he was restrained and put in a chokehold on a subway train.
Christopher Neely has an extensive criminal record with over 70 prior arrests. He was wanted on two outstanding warrants for his arrest at the time of his apprehension on Monday.
His arrest comes a day after he urged prosecutors not to offer a plea deal to Daniel Penny, the ex-Marine accused of placing his nephew, Jordan, in a fatal chokehold, DailyMail.com reported exclusively.
Penny, 24, turned himself in on May 12, and was charged with manslaughter in connection with Jordan Neely’s death.
Penny said Jordan Neely’s death was not racially motivated and that he is not a white supremacist. A GiveSendGo crowdfunding website raised over $2.7 million for Penny’s legal defense.