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.