Monday, December 31, 2007

77th Precinct Community Council Meeing

Next Meeting:
January 14, 7:30 pm
Marcus Garvey Nursing Home
810 St. Marks Avenue

Safety Alert: Franklin & St. Marks Aves. (77th Precinct)

On the Brooklynian message board, letaon reports a mugging at midnight on Saturday, 12/29/07:

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!

Murder - Central Ave. (83rd Precinct)

ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2007 AT APPROXIMATELY 1829 HOURS, F/O 462 CENTRAL AVE. IN THE CONFINES OF THE 083 PCT., POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A MALE SHOT AT LOCATION. UPON ARRIVAL THEY FOUND A M/B/37 SHOT 1X TO THE HEAD. VICTIM WAS REMOVED TO WYCKOFF HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED D.O.A. AT 1933 HOURS. NO ARRESTS. INVESTIGATION ONGOING.

THE D.O.A HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS:

LESLEY PROSPER M/B/37
464 CENTRAL AVE.
BROOKLYN N.Y.

"This is senseless": Prayers to end the violence

About 60 people attended Sunday's prayer vigil in front of 89 Lefferts Place, a few steps from the place two teens were murdered last week. Rev. Clinton Miller of Brown Memorial Baptist Church is at the microphone; behind him is Michelle Grant, the mother of 19-year-old Robert Grant, one of the victims. (Apologies for the poor quality of the photos, which were taken on my cell phone).

"My son was a good young man. He walked in faith," Ms. Grant said. "This is senseless. We all have to heal from this."

State Sen. Eric Adams -- who as an ex-cop once worked in the 88th Precinct, where the murders occurred -- challenged community members to get more involved in public safety efforts. "We're not going to win back our community sitting on the couch with a remote control in our hand," he said. "Men must return to the streets and assure the safety of their community."

Councilwoman Letitia James and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries also addressed the crowd, as well as Aminisha Black, a block association leader who raised 7 children on Lefferts Place.

Below is a short clip of Jeffries speaking.

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Double Homicide - Kings Highway (67th Precinct)

ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2007, AT APPROXIMATELY 1754 HOURS, I/O 5417 KINGS HIGHWAY APT. B2, POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF TWO MALES SHOT AT LOCATION. UPON ARRIVAL THEY FOUND A M/B/44 AND A M/B UNKNOWN AGE SHOT NUMEROUS TIMES. BOTH VICTIMS WERE PRONOUNCED D.O.A. AT THE SCENE BY E.M.S. NO ARRESTS. INVESTIGATION ONGOING.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Brooklyn Gets 600 New Operation Impact Officers

Above graphic & excerpt from the Daily News:

The NYPD is sending 1,800 rookies to patrol high-crime pockets that have resisted the overall crime drop, officials said Wednesday as they announced the city is poised to have the fewest murders in 44 years.

One third of the officers - some 600 cops - will be deployed in hot spots in six Brooklyn precincts starting tomorrow.

From the New York Times:

Of the 76 police precincts in New York, there were 6 that showed slight increases in overall crime, officials said. Of those, four were in Brooklyn — the 73rd, 77th, 79th and 84th Precincts; one in Queens, the 101st Precinct; and one on Staten Island, the 122nd Precinct.

Mr. Kelly said that about one-third of the 1,800 officers in the program would be sent to central Brooklyn precincts: the 70th, 71st, 73rd, 75th, 77th and 79th. Also, 45 officers will be assigned to northern Brooklyn as Impact Response Team officers, a flexible component within Operation Impact where the borough commander has the option of using the officers as he sees fit.

From Newsday:

The program will focus primarily on several precincts in Brooklyn, where violent crime has gone up even as it fell throughout the rest of the borough. For example, in the 79th Precinct, which covers the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, shootings were up 26 percent this year, Kelly said.

Along Nostrand Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant Wednesday, community reaction to the prospect of a flood of new uniformed recruits on the street was mixed.

"There is a lot of racial profiling, and I'm afraid there will be more harassment," said Diane Graham, 51, a social worker and longtime resident.

But Kato Bryant, 59, a barber who has lived in the area for 35 years and who is a member of the 79th Precinct Community Council, says visible police presence is the backbone of any stable neighborhood.

"You need the police officers like you need the church," Bryant said. "Police officers, the church minister -- this is what makes up the community."

No Arrests in Christmas Eve Murders

By Rachel Monahan & Ethan Rouen
New York Daily News

Best friends Robert Grant, 19, and Oliver Maitland, 16, had just left Grant's mother's apartment on Lefferts Place in Fort Greene at about 9:45 p.m. Monday when at least four shots were fired, hitting Grant in the head and Maitland in the head, torso and arm, cops said.

"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.

Prayer Vigil on Lefferts Place, 2 pm Sunday Dec. 30

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D – 57th District) and Rev. Clinton M. Miller, Pastor of Brown Memorial Baptist Church, will be joined by family members of the victims, other elected officials, community leaders and residents at 121 Lefferts Place in Clinton Hill, the site of a recent execution style double homicide that left two teenagers dead. The group will call upon residents of Central Brooklyn to take responsibility for the recent spate of shootings in the area and to demand an atmosphere of civility in the neighborhoods.

Although New York City is seeing record-low declines in overall crime, the numbers in Central Brooklyn remain stubbornly high. “Community building is not a spectator sport,” said Assemblyman Jeffries. “Civic engagement and a mutual understanding of community responsibility are at the core of deflating this scourge of violence from our neighborhoods.”

On Christmas Eve, Robert Grant, 19 and his close friend, Oliver Anthony Maitland, 16, were both shot in the head around 9:45 p.m. Investigators have no suspects.

Following the vigil, the wake and funeral for Mr. Grant will take place at Brown Memorial Baptist Church, located at 438 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill.


WHAT: Prayer Vigil

WHEN: Sunday, December 30
2:00 p.m.

WHERE: *121 Lefferts Place
(Between Classon and Grand avenues)

*Take the C train to Clinton-Washington Ave. and walk east 3 blocks on Fulton Street to Classon Ave. Turn right on Classon Ave. and walk one block to Lefferts Place.

Contact: Nicholas Moore (347) 679-1220

Friday, December 28, 2007

645 rookie cops to hit high-crime streets

By Veronika Belenkaya
Daily News, Friday 12/28/07

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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Murder - E. 92nd Street (67th Precinct)

ON TUESDAY, 12/25/07 AT APPROX 2251 HRS AT 735 E 92 STREET IN THE CONFINES OF THE 67 PCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO 911 CALLS OF PERSONS SHOT AT THE LOCATION. UPON ARRIVAL POLICE DISCOVERED THE FOLLOWING TWO GUNSHOT VICTIMS:

VIC #1: M/B/29
GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD

VIC #2: F/B/30
GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE UPPER ARM

EMS TRANSPORTED BOTH VICTIMS TO KCH WHERE VIC #1 WAS PRONOUNCED DOA, VICTIM #1 IS IN STABLE CONDITION. THE ID OF THE DOA PENDING FAMILY NOTIFICATION. A GUN WAS RECOVERED AT THE SCENE. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Eve Murder - Cypress Hills Houses (75th Precinct)

NYPD Report:

On Monday, 12/24/2007 at approximately 2007 hours, Police responded to a 911 call for a MALE SHOT in the vicinity of Euclid Avenue and Sutter Avenue in the confines of the 75 Precinct. Upon their arrival, Police found a M/B/26 in front of 1266 Sutter Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was removed to Brookdale Hospital where he was pronounced DOA. The identity of the DOA is pending family notification. There is no arrest and the investigation is ongoing.

Location is at the Cypress Hills Houses.

Christmas Eve Double Homicide on Lefferts Place (88th Precinct)

On Monday, 12/24/2007 at approximately 2144 hours Police responded to 911 calls for a PERSON SHOT in front of 121 Lefferts Place, in the confines of the 88 Precinct. Upon their arrival Police found a M/B/18 and a M/B/19 both with gunshot wounds to the head. EMS pronounced the victims DOA at the scene. The identity of the DOA is pending family notification. There is no arrest and the investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE 12-25-07:

THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED

1. ROBERT GRANT M/B/19 OF 89 LEFFERTS PLACE BROOKLYN NY

2. OLIVER MAITLAND M/B/16 1409 DEAN STREET BROOKLYN

Shooting - Lafayette Ave. (81st Precinct)

ON 12-23-07 AT APPROX 1455 HOURS IN FRONT OF 953 LAFAYETTE AVE IN THE CONFINES OF THE 81 PCT POLICE RESPONDED TO A MALE SHOT AT THE LOCATION. UPON THERE ARRIVAL THEY DISCOVERED A M/B/27 WHO WAS SITTING IN AN AUTO SHOT 2X IN THE TORSO. THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO WOODHULL HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. NO ARRESTS. INVESTIGATION ONGOING.

Monday, December 24, 2007

CAPTURED: Darius Dubarry

An update on the murder of Carol Simon-Hayes:

AT 0500 HRS ON 12-23-07 AT A DAYS INN MOTEL IN AUGUSTA, GA., DARIUS DUBARRY WAS ARRESTED BY MEMBERS OF THE 71 SQUAD, THE BROOKLYN SOUTH HOMICIDE SQUAD, AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES. THE PERP IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD BY THE RICHMOND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Teen Murdered - New York & Tilden (67th Precinct)


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On 12/21/07 at approximately 9:21 pm, in the vicinity of 1076 New York Avenue, within the confines of the 67 Precinct, police responded to a report of a MALE SHOT. Upon arrival police discovered a M/B/19 was a gunshot wound to the torso. EMS responded and transported the male to Kings County Hospital in CRITICAL CONDITION. No arrests. The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE 12/22/07:

THE VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DOA AT KCH

MATTHEW SMITH M/B/19 OF 989 E 108 STREET BROOKLYN NY

Murder - MIller and Pitkin Aves. (75th Precinct)

ON FRIDAY 12-21-2007 AT 1700 HRS I/S 340 MILLER AVE (LOBBY), CONFINES OF THE 75 PCT, POLICE RESPONDED A CALL OF A MALE SHOT. UPON ARRIVAL, POLICE DISCOVERED A M/B/25 WITH A GSW TO HIS TORSO. EMS RESPONDED AND TRANSPORTED THE VICTIM TO BROOKDALE HOSPITAL. THE VICTIM EXPIRED FROM HIS INJURIES AT THE HOSPITAL AT 2000 HRS. THERE ARE NO ARRESTS AT THIS TIME. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

DOA –

MARVELLE JACKSON
590 SCHENCK AVE

FAMILY NOTIFIED

Friday, December 21, 2007

Cop nailed in Long Island slay of fiancée

By Michael White
New York Daily News

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.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

WANTED: Darius Dubarry

THE 71 PCT DETECTIVE SQUAD IS ENDEAVORING TO LOCATE THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN REGARDS TO THE HOMICIDE OF CAROL SIMON-HAYES

NAME: DUBARRY, DARIUS - M/B/27

5'9" TALL, 175 LBS

CLEAR COMPLEXION

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.

Crime Soars in Central Brooklyn

By Veronika Belenkaya
New York Daily News

When it comes to crime in Manhattan and central Brooklyn, it's a tale of two cities.

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.)

Full story here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thursday Night: 71st Precinct Community Council

The 71st Precinct Community Council meets at 7:30 pm at
Middle School 61
400 Empire Boulevard

We're Fighting Back: Besieged B'klyn neighbors are rallying to end street violence

Word on the street is that the violence sweeping through my Crown Heights neighborhood - and other parts of central Brooklyn - is fueled by angry, ignorant youngsters who've gotten their hands on weapons.

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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tonight: Two Community Meetings

Community Board 9
7:00 pm at Middle School 61

Crow Hill Community Association Meeting
7:30 pm at the Haitian-American Daycare Center
1491 Bedford Ave.
More info here.

Breaking News: Police have a suspect in Carol Simon shooting


The NYPD says it has a suspect in the shooting death of a woman apparently caught in the crossfire of a gunfight in her Brooklyn neighborhood Saturday. Police say they have a nickname and a picture of the person they're looking for, though neither is being made public at this time.

More info here.

The Battle of Brooklyn

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL

A random victim, a mother walking to her Crown Heights building early Saturday evening, is caught in crossfire between gunmen intent on offing each other's sorry lives. And we recall how common such violence once was. And we are relieved that every neighborhood has benefited from a historic drop in crime. Including Crown Heights and the surrounding communities.

But the murder of Carol Simon, 35, as her 9-year-old son waited in the family's SUV, highlights a dangerous trend across much of Brooklyn.

Full article here.

Community Meeting With NYPD Commissioner Kelly

A report from CrownHeights.Info on a recent visit by Ray Kelly to Central Brooklyn.

The commissioner of the NYPD introduced a new program called the ‘Community Partnership Program’ in a gathering in the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Crown Heights Thursday, December 13th.

Residents from Crown Heights, East Flatbush and surrounding neighborhoods attended the forum, which was opened by the Hon. Ray Kelly where he introduced the new program and how it’s meant to address areas of concern and complaints that residents have with the police.

... The final part of the evening was when Mr. Kelly took questions from the crowd, which included concerns from residents. One of them was from a block association president from the 77th Precinct where he voiced his complaint that there are no longer the ‘foot post’ police officer, and how that posses a problem for law abiding residents to report crime.

Full post here.

On the March


Saturday, 12/15/07: Taharka Robinson (r) and Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes (l) lead a march from Brooklyn Borough Hall to City Hall to call attention to the problem of domestic violence.

Report: 77th Precinct Community Council Meeting

Neene of the Brooklynian.com neighborhood message board has this report from the last meeting of the 77th Precinct Community Council, held on Monday Dec. 12:

The Crown Heights Coalition presented its letter for signatures, this request was strongly backed by the council president, Mr. Caldwell. Given the discussion that followed, the letter was very timely.

Council member Letitia James also addressed the shortage of new rookies and cited the low starting salary as a cause. Her office has gotten a deluge of calls concerning the muggings we are discussing here and she was obviously there to see the precinct and the community's response.

She also stressed the importance of making 311 & 911 calls. She stated that in her bimonthly meetings with Commissioner Kelly, the first thing he does is pull out the stats, if calls are down, it means we don't have a problem, period, end.

She ended her talk with a pledge to work to convert part of the armory on Atlantic & Bedford into a rec center to give youth in our neighborhoods an alternative to the street. She is not proposing displacing the homeless, apparently there are 2 unused floors.

Assembly member Karim Camara also addressed the need to provide positive activities for kids. This is going to be a major focus of the efforts of the Crown Heights Coalition in 2008.

The community affairs officer from the 32nd transit division announced a program that Nike is sponsoring: turn in your old sneakers and the rubber will go to build basketball courts in new Orleans. This partnership with Nike could have VERY positive benefits for the youth in our community in the future, so please participate.

The deadline is this weekend, call (718) 221-6600 for more info

DI Cosgrove was not in attendance, the exec. officer Captain Myrie took his place to give the precinct report and answer questions and, you guessed it, a major issue in the precinct this past month was what we've been experiencing: muggings by kids in the west end of the precinct. There has been increased patrol in response.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the problem is more widespread than what is being reported here. A 30 year resident of Prospect Place between Franklin & Bedford reported that there have been 3 such incidents on her block in the past 3 weeks, same m.o.: kids. And this is against older residents, she was outraged.

This woman also reported that she received a similar type of response to those that have been reported here concerning police reaction to calls regarding crime to the precinct: "this is crown heights what do you expect?"

People, this is what it takes to bring about change, getting up in public forums and voicing your discomfort with the status quo.

Unfortunately we are living in a time when the police department is stressed. And while there are gentrification issues in our community, it's not only the newbies that are getting hit. What this means is that it is up to the community to take control and (imho) this needs to be a 2 pronged approach:

1. working with NYPD with respect to both beefing up the force AND improving community precinct relations

2. working to offer alternatives other than the street to the youth in our community. As Richard Green of the Crown Heights Youth Collective says: "if you take a gun out of a kid's hand, you better have something to put in it's place"

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Murder of Carol Simon-Hayes

Aspiring nurse killed in crossfire

By Joe Gould & Tina Moore
NY Daily News


Simon, 35, was gunned down on the street Saturday near her Crown Heights home, caught in the crossfire of a raging gun battle.

Her 9-year-old son, Kieron McEwen, sitting in the family's SUV waiting for his mother to drive him to swimming lessons, heard the fatal fusillade.

"She took a deep breath and looked up at me," said a neighbor, who rushed to Simon's side. "She looked up again and then stopped breathing."

Full story here.

Other coverage:

WABC-TV: Bystander Killed in Brooklyn Shooting

New York Times: She Aided Victims of Shootings, and She Became One

NY1: Police Search For Shooter In Brooklyn Woman's Death

A $3,000 reward is being offered in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Crime Is Low, but Fear Knows No Numbers

By Jake Mooney
New York Times

JOSÉ SANTIAGO, 39, has been around Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, ever since he was a child and started spending summers in the neighborhood with his father, a building superintendent who worked there. Mr. Santiago is a building superintendent himself now, living and working just down the street from where his father lived and worked.

...But the other day, sitting in the lobby of his building, Mr. Santiago sounded nervous. “Crime around here, I guarantee you, it’s going to pick up,” he said. “This year it’s going to pick up. I have a gut feeling.”

Full story here.

Robbery suspect caught - Franklin Av. & Lincoln Pl. (77th Precinct)


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A poster on Brooklynian.com's Crown Heights message board reports an armed robbery around 8 pm on on Thursday 12/13/07 followed by an arrest:

Tonite at around 8:00pm, Robbery of an Arizona Ice Tea delivery man. After Robbing the victim the perpetrator fled with cash and gun in hand. Due to the quick thinkin of Officers from the 77 pct, a perimeter was set up, and the perpetrator was apprehended on the rooftop of one of the buildings. Suspect was ID'ed and cash and a loaded 45. calibre glock was recovered. Nice Job guys and gals from the 77, keep up the good work!!!!

Murder - Eastern Parkway (71st Precinct)

ON SATURDAY 12-15-07 AT APPROXIMATELY 1728 HRS, I/F/O 368 EASTERN PKWY, WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE 71 PCT., POLICE RESPONDED TO A 911 CALL OF A PERSON SHOT. UPON ARRIVAL, POLICE DISCOVERED A F/B/35, WHO HAD GSW TO THE TORSO. EMS RESPONDED AND TRANSPORTED THE FEMALE TO KCH WHERE SHE EXPIRED FROM HER WOUND.

DOA ID'd:

SIMONE, CAROL F/B/35
368 EASTERN PKWY 6A
BROOKLYN, NY

FAMILY NOTIFIED

THERE ARE NO ARRESTS AND THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Murder - Brevoort Houses (81st Precinct)

ON FRIDAY 12-14-2007 AT 0101 HRS IN F/O 293 RALPH AVE, CONFINES OF THE 81 PCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL OF A MALE SHOT. UPON ARRIVAL POLICE FOUND A M/B/30'S WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD. EMS RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND PRONOUNCED THE VICTIM DOA. THERE ARE NO ARRESTS AT THIS TIME, THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

This location is within the Brevoort Houses.

Gang Bust Could Aid Troubled Area of Brooklyn

By Christopher Faherty
New York Sun

The large-scale takedown yesterday of a violent gang that dealt crack-cocaine in northern Brooklyn could be another positive step in the police department's battle to reduce the area's murder rate.

Nine members of the violent gang known as the G's Up, which is affiliated with a larger gang known as the Bloods, were converged upon and arrested on drug and gun charges in the early hours of the morning at the Marcy Houses, a public housing project...

Among the nine suspects arrested was Nicholas Hayes, whom Chief Boyce called a leader of the drug ring.

Hayes's brother, John Hayes, was shot to death along with his girlfriend inside a parked car near the housing project in July 2006, about two months after the investigation into the gang began. Chief Boyce said the shooting was likely linked to the G's Up.

Full story here.

Federal Crack Bust - Marcy Houses (79th Precinct)

ON THURSDAY, 12/13/07 AFTER A 20 MONTH INVESTIGATION CONDUCTED BY THE NYPD AND THE FBI, MEMBERS FROM THE GANG DIVISION, 79 SQUAD AND GROUP 26 (FBI) EXECUTED TEN SEARCH WARRANTS THAT RESULTED IN NINE ARRESTS. DURING A 20 MONTH INVESTIGATION THAT BEGAN IN APRIL 2006 54 CRACK/COCAINE BUYS (A LITTLE OVER A KILO) AND 2 GUN BUYS WERE MADE IN THE VICINITY OF THE MARCY HOUSES IN THE CONFINES OF THE 79 PRECINCT. THE WARRANTS WERE EXECUTED IN THE CONFINES OF THE 79, 77 AND 70 PRECINCT WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FOA900.00 DRUG CONSPIRACY.

ARRESTED: MALCOLM FEASTER, M/B/21, DOB 12/30/84

STANLEY FEASTER, M/B/25, DOB 01/01/82

NICHOLAS HAYES, M/B/24, DOB 10/29/83

TYQUAN MIDYETTE, M/B/26, DOB 06/01/81

SEAN PENDER, M/B/22, DOB 01/13/85

BRIAN SANTANO, M/B/19, DOB 11/18/88

TION SIMONS, M/B/22, DOB 08/05/65

JOHN ARMSTRONG, M/B/24

CHEYENNE SIMONS, M/B/25

Officer arrrested & suspended

ON THURSDAY 12/13/2007, IN THE CONFINES OF THE 120 PRECINCT, THE FOLLOWING OFF DUTY MEMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT WAS ARRESTED AND SUSPENDED FOR PETIT LARCENY AND CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY.

ARRESTED:
P.O. WILLIAM PETROFSKY
ASSIGNED TO THE 81 PRECINCT

Thursday, December 13, 2007

March Against Domestic Violence Saturday 12/15/07

The Central Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition is holding a march from Brooklyn Borough Hall across the bridge to City Hall on Saturday, 12/15/07 at 12 noon. The goal is to raise awareness of domestic violence and ways to combat it.

Co-sponsors include:

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
District Council 37
NAACP - Brooklyn Branch
National Action Network
New Life Tabernacle
77th Precinct Community Council
79th Precinct Community Council
88th Precinct Community Council

For more information, call 718-773-5974 or send email to ucg718@aol.com

Join march against domestic violence

By Albor Ruiz
New York Daily News

Domestic violence is a despicable crime. And an increasing number of concerned Brooklyn residents have decided to do something about it.

This Saturday at noon, hundreds of them are expected to join the Central Brooklyn AntiViolence Coalition in a march against this terrible scourge. It will start at Borough Hall in Brooklyn and end at City Hall in Manhattan.

"We have been dealing with the issue of violent crime, all kinds of violent crime, for a long time," said activist Taharka Robinson, founder of the Central Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition.

"Domestic violence is a crime that happens every day, and that's what this march is all about."


Full article here.

In Brooklyn, It Takes a Village

Crime in New York, like much of the city's life, is becoming starkly divided by race and class: Even as the NYPD wins well-deserved praise for wrestling the rate of murder to 40-year lows, killings and shootings are rising ominously in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Ocean Hill-Brownsville and East New York.

Homicides are up 100% this year in Bushwick's 83rd Precinct and up 63% in the 81st, which covers Bed-Stuy. Brownsville's 73rd Precinct shows a 33% increase in murders so far this year.

The press - and the media-hungry pols who flatter and feed off them - has largely avoided telling this tale of two cities, leaving hundreds of thousands of Brooklynites feeling abandoned, alarmed and forced to find their own way out.

Full article here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Missing: Emily McKoy (73rd Precinct)


THE NYPD IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING THE FOLLOWING MISSING FEMALE FROM THE 73rd PCT
THE MISSING IS IDENTIFIED AS : EMILY MCKOY, F/B/37
2365 DEAN STREET

ON 12/05/07 AT 5:00 A.M, THE MISSING WAS LAST SEEN LEAVING HER RESIDENCE WEARING A WAIST LENGTH BLACK JACKET (WITH LOGO), BROWN SWEATER, WHITE PANTS WITH TAN BOOTS.

THE MISSING IS DESCRIBED TO BE A F/B/37, 5'4", 260 LBS WITH BROWN EYES AND BLACK HAIR. THE MISSING IS IN GOOD PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITION.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CONTACT CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1(800)577-TIPS. ALL CALLS WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Suspect Charged in Nov. Murder on Saratoga Ave. (73rd Precinct)

As reported here, a man was found shot to death on Saratoga Avenue in late November. Today, the NYPD reports:

THE VICTIM HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS DARREN WILLIAMS, A M/B/20 OF 912 SARATOGA AVENUE, APT 5B.

Williams was an aspiring rapper who worked at a home health care agency, according to this Daily News report (see 2nd item).

FOLLOWING AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION, THE FOLLOWING SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS HOMICIDE. ALLISTER GIBBS, A M/B/21 OF 912 SARATOGA AVENUE, APT 10D, WAS CHARGED WITH MURDER AND CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF A WEAPON.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Shooting on DeKalb Ave. (81st Precinct)

ON SUNDAY, 12/09/07, AT APPROXIMATELY 2238 HOURS, IN F/O 997 DEKALB AVE., IN THE CONFINES OF THE 081 PCT., POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A MALE SHOT AT LOCATION. UPON ARRIVAL THEY FOUND A MALE BLEEDING HEAVILY FROM THE BACK OF HIS HEAD. E.M.S. REMOVED THE VICTIM IN SERIOUS CONDITION TO KINGS COUNTY HOSPITAL. NO ARRESTS. INVESTIGATION ONGOING.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Robbery at SAJE foiled (77th Precinct)

From the Brooklynian.com message board:

Officers from the 77 pct arrested 3 suspects after a gunpoint robbery of 2 patrons inside SAJE on Franklin ave and Park plc. The suspects went into the coffee shop, struck one of the victims with a firearm and stole 2 laptops. After a brief pursuit the perpetrators were arrested on Bedford ave and the Firearm was recovered. All the suspects were in their teens. Kudos to the 77 precinct!!! Finally a Robbery thread with a happy ending!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Father Charged in 3-Year-Old's Death (79th Precinct)

ON WEDNESDAY 12-5-2007, AT 2234 HRS, I/S OF 350 MARCUS GARVEY BLVD , WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE 79TH PCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL OF AN UNCONSCIOUS BABY. UPON ARRIVAL, POLICE OBSERVED A F/3 YRS OLD WHO WAS UNCONSCIOUS AND UNRESPONSIVE. EMS RESPONDED AND TRANSPORTED THE AIDED TO INTERFAITH MEDICAL CENTER IN SERIOUS CONDITION WHERE SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DOA AT 2320 HRS. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

UPDATE 1810 HRS 12-6-07

THE M.E. HAS DETERMINED THIS CASE TO BE A HOMICIDE. CAUSE OF DEATH IS BLUNT-FORCE TRAUMA.

DOA:

MARCELLE, TKAI F/B/3

350 MARCUS GARVEY BLVD.

BROOKLYN


UPDATE 12/07/07 [0700 hours]


Upon further investigation the following arrest has been made:


ARRESTED:

Jason Marcelle M/B/33

350 Marcus Garvey Blvd

Brooklyn

CHARGES:

Murder 2-degree

Manslaughter (against a person LESS THAN 11 y/o)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Murder - Conduit Blvd (75th Precinct)

ON WEDNESDAY 12/05/07 AT APPROXIMATELY 2127 HRS POLICE RESPONDED TO 714 CONDUIT BLVD WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE 75 PCT. UPON ARRIVAL OFFICERS FOUND A M/54 SUFFERING FROM BLUNT TRAUMA TO THE HEAD. THE AIDED WAS REMOVED TO BROOKDALE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DOA AT 0147 HRS. THERE ARE NO ARREST AT THIS TIME AND THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.
RELEASE OF NAME PENDING FAMILY NOTIFICATION.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Man Shot on St. Johns Place (77th Precinct)

ON SATURDAY 12/01/2007 AT 0401 HRS I/F/O 1465 ST JOHNS PLC, WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE 77 PCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO A CALL OF A MALE SHOT. UPON ARRIVAL POLICE OBSERVED A M/B/27 SHOT NUMEROUS TIMES IN THE TORSO. EMS RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND TRANSPORTED THE VICTIM TO KINGS COUNTY HOSPITAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THERE ARE NO ARRESTS AT THIS TIME. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.