January 14, 7:30 pm
Marcus Garvey Nursing Home
810 St. Marks Avenue
I was mugged just before midnight on St Marks just east of Franklin. Some kids (16?) were walking up Franklin behind me, and I thought they might be following me, but one ran up ahead of me -- it seemed like he was just playing a game or something, so I didn't do anything.
Well, I should have trusted my instincts. He wasn't playing, even though he ran ahead and turned down St Marks, and met up with his friends, who were on bikes, on St Marks. When I got to my doorstep, I was attacked and mugged.
In retrospect, what's most disturbing about this is that these kids knew -- or at least, they seemed to know -- which street I'd be turning down. The one turned down my street before me, and met up with his friends on bikes on that street.
I was lucky. I didn't give them my wallet, and they only got my cell phone. They threatened to use a knife but I didn't see one. There was a not inconsiderable scuffle, so if they'd had one, I think they'd have used it, but who knows.
The cops who took the report indicated that there's been a rise in juvenile crime, particularly on Franklin, and particularly after 11 PM.
Be safe and aware, people!
"One of the boys was still alive," said Angela Gore, a neighbor who rushed to their aid after the shooting. "You could see his finger moving."Above photo & full story here.
There may be fewer homicides in Brooklyn's high-crime neighborhoods, but the number of people getting shot and robbed there is on the rise.
Home burglaries, car break-ins and muggings also have increased in central and north Brooklyn - even as the same crime rates have decreased citywide, NYPD statistics show.... the 77th Precinct - where burglary is up by 15% this year over last year and robberies are up by nearly 7%.
One of the neighborhoods saw an even more deadly trend: Even as the city's murder rate hit a 45-year low, deadly assaults in the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville increased by 27.2%.
Gunshots also wounded 119 people there, up from 92 last year. It was the same grim story in Flatbush, where the number of shooting victims increased by more than 28%.
In Bedford-Stuyvesant, where the number of shooting victims rose from 71 to 91, it also be risky business to own a car: Auto theft shot up 16%, and the number of burglaries rose from 511 to 537.Full story here.
VIC #1: M/B/29
GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD
After nearly three months, a city cop was indicted Thursday in the murder of his fiancée - a fellow officer eulogized at her funeral as the "princess" of Brooklyn's 77th Precinct.
Alexis Chaparro, 27, an instructor at the Police Academy, was told to surrender Friday for an arraignment in the slaying of 28-year-old Sonia Garcia, officials said.
Full story here.
NAME: DUBARRY, DARIUS - M/B/27
5'9" TALL, 175 LBS
SHORT BLACK HAIR AND A GOATEE.
LAST SEEN WEARING A DARK KNIT CAP AND A GREEN JACKET.
ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO THE WHEREABOUTS OF THIS INDIVIDUAL IS ASKED TO CALL THE NYPD'S CRIMESTOPPERS ' HOTLINE AT 1-800-577-TIPS. ALL CALLS WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.
While most New Yorkers walk the streets without fear because crime is down, many Crown Heights residents say they hear gunshots all night long and are afraid to go out for groceries after dark.
In Bedford-Stuyvesant, where murders have increased in the last year as they have fallen citywide, drug dealing and burglary also are terrorizing residents. Muggings are so common in East New York and Brownsville that seniors won't go out.
"Many people in the Police Department have congratulated themselves that crime is down, but people in our communities see a different picture," said Assemblyman Karim Camara (D-Crown Heights.)
In a neighborhood with too few fathers, too many boys grow up with little learning and no idea how to control their minds and emotions.
Add drugs and access to weapons and you have the makings of the kind of nightmare that took the life of Carol Simon, a working mom who walked into the middle of a gunfight.
Simon, who died five blocks from my front door on Saturday, is just the latest casualty of street violence.Full article here.
Sunny Carter was shot five times about 6:45 p.m. in a Tompkins Ave. building in Bedford-Stuyvesant's Tompkins Houses, cops said.
He was pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital.
Cops: Teen Jamel Carter ambushed by rival drug dealers
New York Daily News
A 14-year-old boy gunned down in a Brooklyn housing project was lured to an ambush by rival drug dealers, witnesses and police said Wednesday.
Tantalized by the prospect of free marijuana, Jamel (Sunny) Carter walked into the lobby of a Tompkins Houses building and was shot five times by a pair of teenagers, a witness said.
"They set him up," said the witness, who refused to give her name for fear of retribution. "He was destined to die."
ON TUESDAY, 11/06/07 AT APPROX. 1845 HRS, IN THE LOBBY OF 85 TOMPKINS AVE IN THE CONFINES OF THE 79 PCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO A 911 CALL OF A MALE SHOT AT THE LOCATION. UPON ARRIVAL, POLICE DISCOVERED A M/B/14 WITH MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO HIS TORSO. EMS ALSO RESPONDED AND TRANSPORTED THE VICTIM TO WOODHULL HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DOA.
THERE ARE NO ARRESTS AT THIS TIME, AND THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.
SUNNY CARTER, M/B/14
919 MYRTLE AVE 7H
ON SATURDAY 10-20-2007 AT APPROXIMATELY 0255 HRS I/F/O 981 GREENE AVE, WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE 81 PCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL OF SHOTS FIRED. UPON ARRIVAL, POLICE FOUND 2 M/Bs WITH NUMEROUS GUNSHOT WOUNDS ABOUT THEIR HEAD, NECK, AND BODIES. EMS RESPONDED AND TRANSPORTED BOTH MALES TO KINGS COUNTY HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THERE ARE NO ARREST(S). THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.
VICTIM #1 - M/B/18: NUMEROUS GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO HIS HEAD AND TORSO.
VICTIM #2 - M/B/18: NUMEROUS GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO HIS NECK.
ON FRIDAY 10-19-2007 AT 0156 HRS INSIDE OF 536 NEW LOTTS AVE, CONFINES OF THE 75 PCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL OF SHOTS FIRED. UPON ARRIVAL POLICE OBSERVED A F/B/32 SHOT 2X ABOUT THE BODY. RESPONDING EMS TRANSPORTED THE VICTIM TO BROOKDALE HOSPITAL WHERE SHE EXPIRED FROM HER INJURIES AT 0340 HRS. THERE ARE NO ARRESTS AT THIS TIME. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.
WALLACE, BEVERLY F/B/32
536 NEW LOTS AVE
By Melissa Grace and Dorian Block
A Brooklyn state senator wants the state police to help Suffolk County investigate the slaying of NYPD Officer Sonia Garcia.
In a letter to Gov. Spitzer, Democratic Sen. Eric Adams asked that the troopers' plainclothes unit, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, be sent to aid local investigators.
"This seems to be a complex case," Adams said at a news conference outside 1 Police Plaza yesterday. "Suffolk County has reached some form of law enforcement brick wall."Full story here.
From NY Daily News, 10/7/07:
James Oughterson, 22, of Crown Heights, was shot and killed in front of a Bedford-Stuyvesant Papa John's pizzeria just before 4 a.m. by men who fled in a dark vehicle.
His mother, Carol Oughterson, said a family friend told her a girl called her son and asked to meet him near 1038 Fulton St. But when he stepped out of his car, he was shot once in the chest.
"I wish whoever would do this would come forward," the distraught mother said. "Jamal has a mother and a family who loves him very much."
James Oughterson had his GED and was scheduled to return to school Tuesday to take computer technology courses.
"He was a happy-go-lucky type of person," his mother said. "He loved to go to parties and to be with his friends."
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ON SATURDAY 10-6-2007 AT 0350 HRS IN FRONT OF 1068 FULTON AVE, IN THE CONFINES OF THE 79 PCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL OF A MALE SHOT. UPON ARRIVAL IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE VICTIM, A M/B/22 WAS SHOT ONCE IN THE CHEST BY UNIDENTIFIED SUSPECTS WHO FLED IN A DARK COLORED VEHICLE. THE VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DOA AT THE SCENE AT 0400 HRS BY EMS. THERE ARE NO ARRESTS AT THIS TIME, THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.
ON SATURDAY, 10/06/2007 AT APPROXIMATELY 2044 HRS AT THE V/O 1342 SUTTER AVE IN THE CONFINES OF THE 75 PCT POLICE RESPONDED TO CALLS OF A MALE SHOT AT THE LOCATION. UPON ARRIVAL POLICE DISCOVERED A M/B/24 WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD. EMS TRANSPORTED THE VICTIM TO BROOKDALE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DOA. NO ARRESTS AT THIS TIME, NO WEAPONS RECOVERED. THE INVESTIGATION IS ON GOING.
****UPDATE 10/07/07 [1730 HRS] REW****
The DOA is ID'd:
JACKSON, KENNETH - M/B/24
551 AUTUMN AVE
ON SATURDAY 10-06-07 AT APPROXIMATELY 1540 HRS POLICE RESPONDED TO A 911 CALL OF A MALE SHOT AT THE C/O PITKIN AVE AND STONE AVE.UPON ARRIVAL, RESPONDING OFFICERS DISCOVERED 2 MALES SHOT AT THE LOCATION. VICTIM #1, A M/B/16 SHOT IN THE TORSO, WAS TRANSPORTED TO BROOKDALE HOSPITAL WHERE HE PRONOUNCED DOA. VICTIM #2, A M/H/39 SHOT 1X IN THE SHOULDER AND 1X IN THE TORSO, WAS ALSO BROUGHT TO BROOKDALE HOSPITAL WHERE HE LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THERE ARE NO ARRESTS AND THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.
****UPDATE 10/07/07 [1740 HRS] REW****
The DOA is ID'd:
Naquan Thomas M/B/16
203 Genung Street
The brutal attacks took place on Aug. 30, when Justin Harris, 24, who has already been arrested, Owens and a third gangbanger forced their way into the Crown Heights apartment on Sterling Place, cops said.
They began by pistol whipping a 14-year-old boy, his 41-year-old father and another man, 22, cops said. Then they allegedly tied up the nine males in the room, including a 5-year-old boy, before turning on the women.
The thugs, two of whom carried guns, unleashed a three-hour nightmare of terror, raping a 17-year-old, her 43-year-old mom and a 21-year-old family friend.
They allegedly fled with $1,500. Owen and the unidentified thug are still at large
Investigators believe the violence stemmed from an unpaid drug debt.
A teen whose grandmother struggled to keep him out of trouble after his mother died was shot to death in what neighbors described yesterday as turf warfare in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Jhaneek Muller, 16, was shot twice in the chest at 10:15p.m. Monday as he hung out with friends at the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, police said.
Muller died at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
"He was just in the wrong place with the wrong people. His friends here had problems with another group of Tompkins kids," said Muller's cousin, Sean Crandell, 32, who lives in the development.Full story here.
Chanel's murder might have been prevented if New York's Finest had the resources and public support for a policy of mounting fast, aggressive searches for every missing teen and young adult. According to the NYPD, only about 6,200 people are reported missing every year, a small enough number that each one should be taken more seriously.