The same man allegedly seen on video hurling insults at an Asian NYPD officer in Washington Square Park earlier this month was arrested by the FBI and NYPD on a weapons-related charge at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Friday, two senior law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation tell News 4.
Shermaine Laster, a convicted felon also known as Big Mike, was allegedly in possession of a gun at a Texas shooting range. Felons are not permitted to have weapons under federal and New York state law. Laster was seen in photos he posted to Instagram displaying handguns and semi-automatic rifles, with captions like "I'm ready for WAR!!!!!"
Multiple photos posted to the social media site showed as many as 10 handguns spread out, saying that "I just wish MY ppl wake up and unify before it's too late."
The federal weapons-related charge is being filed out of Texas, but Laster is expected to appear in federal court in Brooklyn as early as Friday.
An FBI spokesman confirmed his Friday arrest. Members of the FBI and NYPD were seen searching a home on Pacific Street in Brooklyn Friday in connection with the case.
Officials say Laster is also a suspect in vandalism of NYPD cars and allegedly posted anti-police rants online. He is only accused of the single weapons count.
Laster has 13 prior arrests, seven of which involved felony charges.
Information on a possible attorney for him wasn't immediately available.