STARKE, Fla. — Farrakhan Muhammad, who’s accused of shooting two women and a 4-year-old girl in New York’s Times Square on Saturday, was arrested today in northeast Florida.
The NYPD confirmed Muhammad was trying to shoot his brother.
U.S. Marshals captured Muhammad in the parking lot of a Starke McDonald’s on Wednesday afternoon.
His girlfriend, Kristine Vergara, was also arrested and charged as an accessory, the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Action News Jax. Hours prior to news of Vergara’s arrest, the NYPD stated she was a person of interest but had not been charged.
Action News Jax obtained a video of Muhammad from inside the Bradford County Jail on Wednesday, wearing an orange jumpsuit and speaking to a deputy.
“What happened at McDonald’s?” asks the deputy.
“Nothing happened at McDonald’s,” says Muhammad. “They said I had a warrant from New York.”
After the shooting, investigators said he then started traveling to Florida with Vergara, whose address is listed on Jacksonville’s Westside.
“I’m from New York. I came down here with my girl from New York to Jacksonville,” says Muhammad in the video. “It was my first time meeting her parents. I been in her house yesterday and everything.”
Action News Jax went to Vergara’s Jacksonville address for comment, but no one answered the door.
The NYPD stated surveillance video and community tips allowed investigators to track the couple on their journey south.
Investigators said the two were spotted on surveillance video at a Fayetteville, North Carolina Walmart buying supplies, including dog food.
Investigators are working to extradite Muhammad to New York.
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