MANHATTAN, NY – A 50-year old man was simply trying to get some cash out of an ATM in a JPMorgan Chase bank ATM vestibule.
It was a little after 5 pm last Sunday in New York City’s Financial District. As he paid attention to the transaction he was attempting on the screen, another man walked around the inside of the vestibule before approaching his victim.
He introduced himself to the unsuspecting man by swinging the hatchet at his leg, striking him and drawing blood. What happened over the next :50 seconds was hard to watch.
And this is why people need to be able to defend themselves. https://t.co/LqjmCli0of
— (C)OpEd (@LetOped) August 18, 2021
The assailant followed his victim around the lobby, swinging his weapon and pushing the man to the ground. As the video progresses, you can see the victim, who attempted to fight off his attacker, bleeding profusely from the head.
According to the Daily Mail, he was struck once in the leg and three times in the head. The assailant then smashed the screens of the ATMs before he dropped the hatchet and fled the scene.
“It’s crazy,” a witness said. “People were shouting and we saw the guy laying down – a lot of blood.”
EMS arrived on the scene and treated the man before transporting him the Bellevue Hospital where he is in stable condition.
The New York Post conducted a bedside interview.
“‘A man was there with a hatchet and [hit] my head…and my leg,’ said the victim in Spanish.”
Police say that the attack appeared to be unprovoked and the victim did not know the attacker. They believed that the attack was random.
A little before 10 pm on Tuesday evening, a man matching the suspect’s description was smashing windows.
Police intervened in the vandalism and escorted him to Bellevue for psychological evaluation. As of this writing, no arrests had been made and it was unclear of the suspect and the 37-year old individual apprehended by police were the same man.
It makes you wonder how long this attack would have lasted and how extensive the victim’s injuries would have been had New York City allowed constitutional carry or greater access to concealed carry permits.
This is a developing story. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available.
But, it is another act of violence in a city that has seen violent crime rise.
Residents seek return of plainclothes cops amid rising gun violence in police-defunded New York City
NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, many locals and business owners in Harlem are asking for an increase in police presence in the area, including bringing back plainclothes NYPD officers, to help combat the concerning levels of gun violence in the area.
The 32nd Precinct is one area that is seeing the biggest uptick in gun violence in Harlem. Now, community leaders and business owners are calling for more police presence, and to bring back plainclothes units to help deter crime. @NatDuddridgeTV reports. https://t.co/4cpdibbBDW
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) August 12, 2021
In Harlem, the 32nd Precinct is one of the areas where gun violence has increased the most.
Shootings have increased by over 60% in the neighborhood this year compared to the same period of 2020.
Local restaurant owners claim that some of their customers have voiced concerns about potentially being shot by a stray bullet while dining on the street.
As of August 12th, 2021, the 32nd Precinct has seen 31 shooting incidents, whereas there were only 19 during the same timespan in 2020.
Alex Price, who operates the Cantina Restaurant on Lenox Avenue, is among those restaurateurs that would like to see more police in the area to help deter violent crime:
“I would feel more safe for me and my clients that we would have a little bit more police presence here.”
From 124th to 129th Street, business owners voiced concerns about the dramatic rise in shootings and crime, and what this represents for their customers’ safety.
Alpheaus Marcus, a local community activist, mirrored worries about patrons of outdoor dining establishments becoming the victims of “one of these bullets”:
“With the business establishments having outside events, the concern is one of these bullets, like we see in the city so many times, actually striking a patron.”
Marcus added that he’d like to see Mayor Bill de Blasio reinstate the plainclothes unit within the NYPD before he exits office in the coming months:
“What we want is, especially de Blasio with his last four months to stop playing politics. We want them to reactivate the plainclothes unit, because, again, these shootings are reckless and senseless.”
The NYPD’s plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit was disbanded during the summer of 2020, but plainclothes units have reemerged in the Bronx borough in recent months in an effort to curtail gang activity and drug crimes.
Local Travaulya Wallace believes that a plainclothes unit coming to help out in Harlem could be beneficial to the area:
“I do believe that there should be different type of officers in different type of clothing. Some outfits are intimidating, right? It can provoke some people to want to push against.”
Business owners along the strip running from 124th to 129th Street have also noted that a contributing factor to the gun crime in the area stems from the like of gang members and drug dealers establishing or holding down their territory.
Donnell Van Duyne remarked on that aspect impacting the area:
“In the area there’s a lot of gang violence. A lot of young kids are getting shot. Honestly speaking, it’s over nothing and it’s putting a lot of lives in danger.”
Mayoral candidate Eric Adams would like to see a full-on return of the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit, having mentioned back in April that the decision to disband the unit during the summer of 2020 was akin to throwing “out the baby with the bathwater”:
“We should not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Having a good Anti-Crime team will continue to take guns off the streets…We can do it right, we’ll get it right, and we’ll make sure our city is safe.”
Back in July, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report regarding a violent robbery of an elderly man that occurred in East Harlem, with authorities searching for the suspect that was caught on security camera.
Here’s that previous report.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – The NYPD are investigating an attack and robbery where authorities say that an 86-year-old man was the victim of said crime, which occurred in the East Harlem area earlier in July.
Recognize him? Police believe he violently mugged an 86-year-old man on an East Harlem street
— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) July 21, 2021
Police say the attack and robbery occurred on July 19th at approximately 8:15 a.m. as the victim was walking down Lexington Avenue, near the corner of East 116th Street.
The unidentified assailant reportedly approached the victim from the rear and restrained his arms. Investigators say that the suspect then forcibly removed the victim’s wallet from his pocket and then fled southbound on Lexington Avenue.
The unnamed elderly victim sustained some bruising from the attack and was treated at an area hospital.
Police described the suspect as a black male with short dreadlocks, last seen wearing black sweatpants, red shoes, and a black long-sleeve shirt with the word “NYC” written on the front.
Anyone with information on the case, the suspect’s identity or whereabouts are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Spanish-speaking callers are asked to call 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
NYPD searching for gunmen responsible for mass shooting in coordinated gang attack that left 10 people injured
NEW YORK CITY, NY – Police in New York City are searching for the four suspects involved in a suspected gang-related mass shooting that injured 10 people, three of which were alleged gang members.
Officials say that there were two gunmen responsible for firing into a crowd, with two other suspects on mopeds serving as the gunmen’s getaway drivers.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) August 2, 2021
On July 31st at approximately 10:40 p.m., two men opened fire on a crowd near the area of 98th Street and 37th Avenue, leaving 10 victims injured in the shooting. Surveillance video captured the moments when the two suspects fired upon the crowd.
Police say that the two gunmen then boarded mopeds with drivers ready that were waiting nearby the scene of the shooting, fleeing the area.
Investigators say that at least 37 shots were fired by the suspects during the incident, with the victims ranging in age from 19 to 72. Luckily, all those wounded during the shooting were transported to an area hospital and are all expected to survive.
Of those injured, the most seriously wounded was one victim who was shot in the stomach.
It’s believed by investigators that of the 10 injured, only three were intended targets of the shooting. The sidewalk at the time of the shooting just so happened to have been crowded due to a birthday party that was taking place at a nearby restaurant.
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig expressed his frustration over these sorts of gang-related shootings:
“There’s just one common theme, I want to get out there, that’s a recurring theme that keeps happening, and it has to stop throughout the city. That’s gang members. That’s guns, multiple guns on the scene, scooters being used, masks. And lastly, unintended targets getting hit. This is unacceptable on our streets in New York City, and it has to stop.”
Both mayoral candidates for New York City, Republican Curtis Sliwa and Democrat Eric Adams, have weighed in on the matter and how they’d respectively tackle the issues surrounding gang shootings in the city.
Sliwa stated that his solution would be simple, which is the hiring of more police officers in Ne York City:
“What I, as mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, would do immediately is something that our mayor is afraid to do, which is hire more police.”
Adams shared similar sentiments, but expanded upon the idea of adding more police by specifying the creation of a specialized task force that would address gang violence:
“We need a joint gangs and guns task force, with federal, state and city coordination to make sure that we can do information sharing, go after the guns that are on the streets, stop the flow of guns, and take down these crews.”
Hours after the mass shooting, another shooting incident transpired in the Manhattan area. Just as with the previous shooting, this one was also captured on surveillance footage.
On August 1st at approximately 2:15 a.m., a 35-year-old man was shot during an armed robbery that took place along the sidewalk on East 30th Street near Third Avenue in Kips Bay.
WANTED ROBBERY: On 8/1/21 at 2:15 A.M., individual approached victim in front of 217 East 30th Street, @NYPD17Pct displayed a firearm and demanded victim’s property then discharged a firearm, striking the victim. Any info DM @NYPDTips or call 800 577-Tips. Reward up to $3500. pic.twitter.com/I8o6P6iYZK
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) August 2, 2021
Video shows the victim being approached from the rear by the gunman, who police say the suspect demanded the victim’s watch and necklace. The victim can be seen backing away, hastily removing the items and tossing them toward the gunman.
Police say even after complying, the suspect shot the victim in the leg. The victim was later transported to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive.
Anyone with information on either of the shootings incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
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