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Accused NYC subway gunman goes on profanity-laced rant in court

The alleged bank robber accused of shooting a straphanger in a Manhattan subway mugging went berserk in federal court Wednesday, declaring his innocence in a profanity-laced rant.

“Your Honor, that’s some bulls–t,” Damon Bailey railed in Manhattan federal court, as a federal prosecutor detailed evidence against him and urged a judge to keep him locked up pending trial.

Bailey, 38, is charged in a five-count complaint with two gunpoint robberies of Manhattan banks on Monday and Tuesday.

After the Monday stick-up at a TD Bank, Bailey climbed aboard a northbound N train just before 5 p.m. and shot a straphanger in the left leg near the Union Square station as he tried to snatch his cellphone, prosecutors allege.

Assistant US Attorney Jane Chong said at the hearing that police recovered significant evidence linking him to the multi-day “gunpoint robbery spree over Manhattan.”

Police obtained video surveillance of both Manhattan bank robberies, which showed Bailey’s face and him wearing the same green shoes he had on during his court appearance, Chong said.

An eyewitness who was aboard the N train Monday also identified Bailey after looking at a video feed, Chong added.

In addition, Chong alleged Bailey admitted to the crimes in a post-arrest statement — causing the suspected gunman to launch into his tirade.

“They made that s–t up,” Bailey said in court.

“Where they get this s–t from? I did not rob nobody for no cellphone,” he added.

Damon Bailey, 38, is walked out of Transit District 4 on Tuesday Bailey  was arrested for a shooting in the subway that occurred on Monday and a bank robbery the next day. Transit officer Samerson (B/F) was one of the arresting officers.
Damon Bailey allegedly shot a straphanger in the left leg near the Union Square station.
Gabriella Bass

Bailey’s court-appointed attorney, Clay Kaminsky, told Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses that his client was trying to convey that he “denies the charges against him, vehemently.”

Kaminsky said the case against him, in part, hinges on a warrantless search of his backpack by NYPD officers, who recovered three guns from the bag after stopping him on the subway Tuesday.

He requested Bailey be released on $50,000 bond.

Moses ordered Bailey detained — but not before the defendant interrupted the hearing once again.

“The s–t with the cellphone is a lie,” Bailey barked.

“Mr. Bailey, be quiet,” the judge responded before ordering him detained.

Damon Bailey, 38, is walked out of Transit District 4 on Tuesday Bailey  was arrested for a shooting in the subway that occurred on Monday and a bank robbery the next day. Transit officer Samerson (B/F) was one of the arresting officers.

Kathleen O’Reilly, Chief of Transit briefed the press outside the station
Chief of Transit Kathleen O’Reilly briefed the press outside the Union Square station.
Gabriella Bass

Bailey was arrested by NYPD cops after he pulled off the second bank robbery at a Chase Bank Tuesday afternoon and headed back to the subway, wearing his backpack that had three pistols stashed in it, two of which were loaded, police said.

The suspect has a number of previous arrests in Florida, including one for leading cops on a high-speed chase in the Sunshine State.

“They tried to kill me on the backstreet. Those cops were dirty,” Bailey claimed when the charge was brought up in Manhattan court.

He’s due back in federal court in two weeks and is also expected to face state charges for the alleged shooting.


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