Police are still looking for two thieves who weren’t satisfied with the $100 in a 19-year-old subway rider’s pockets last month and cleaned him out of an additional $800 at an ATM.
The September 14 incident is one of many amid the city’s recent crime surge: Robberies are up by six percent this September, according to stark data released yesterday by the New York Police Department.
Overall, 2.6 percent more crimes were committed this September than in September of 2020, with 243 more reported incidents.
One of the two muggers allegedly told the 19-year-old victim to ‘get over here, give me all your money or I’ll hurt you’ in the mezzanine of the subway station at West Broadway and Chamber Street at approximately 2.30 pm
In fear for his safety, the man gave the thug $100 from his pocket – but that wasn’t enough. The men said they wanted $2,000, which the victim didn’t have on him.
Police are still looking for two thieves (pictured) who weren’t satisfied with the $100 in a 19-year-old subway rider’s pockets last month and cleaned him out of an additional $800 at an ATM
One of the robbers wore a black du-rag, a black surgical mask, blue jeans, sneakers and a black graphic tee-shirt printed with a setting sun and a palm tree
A map showing the New York City boroughs where crime has increased (in red) and decreased (in green) in September 2021 compared to the same month last year
They told the victim to take them to the bank, where they made him withdraw the maximum of $800 from the ATM at TD Bank at 166 Chambers Street.
When the robbers demanded even more money, police said, the victim went to the bank teller’s window.
The observant teller saw that something was amiss, and asked the 19-year-old if he was okay, according to police – then, the two men fled. The victim walked away from the incident with less money, but unscathed.
The New York Police Department was able to obtain footage of the two criminals when they took their victim to the TD Bank at 166 Chambers Street on September 14
Over the last year, New York has been rocked by a wave of violent crime, fueling fears it is returning to the dark days of the ’70s and ’80s when murders were rife and the Big Apple earned the nickname Fear City.
Assaults have climbed by 18.5 percent, according to yesterday’s NYPD data, and the department revealed it has made more than 3,400 gun arrests so far this year.
The data also reveals a concerning trend in other criminal activity, with car theft up 4.1 percent and grand larceny up .7 percent within the same timeframe.
The shocking upward trend led former state Governor Andrew Cuomo to take the unprecedented step of launching the nation’s first ever state of emergency over gun violence back in July.
Now, the situation appears to be getting even worse with a staggering 393 gun arrests made last month alone, bringing the total number of gun arrests to 3,425 between January and the end of September.
This is a dramatic increase of 20.9 percent from the same period in 2020 when 2,832 gun arrests were made.
Last year, the city and the nation was reeling from COVID-19, civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd and political turmoil in the run-up to the presidential election.
Now, COVID-19 restrictions have almost all lifted, the US’s borders are poised to reopen to major tourist destinations and Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to lure back office workers to the city.
Yet, violent and horrific subway attacks and gang-related gun battles are still a common occurrence in the streets of the city.
Some boroughs have been ravaged by the crime wave more than others, with Manhattan South recording the biggest spike in crime (20.1 percent) last month compared to the previous September.
Mayor Bill de Blasio touted the rise in gun arrests as an ‘extraordinary success’ Wednesday rather than a concerning sign of a rise in firearm use
Violent crime has continued to escalate in New York City, with total crime up 2.6% in September 2021 compared to September 2020
Manhattan North has also seen a rise in crime, up by 3.2 percent in the same timeframe.
Brooklyn South saw crime spike by 5.3 percent, Staten Island by 9 percent and the Bronx – where a terrifying gun fight broke out between gangs last month – by 4.9 percent.
The NYPD released footage this week of a September 16 gun battle between seven alleged gang members, firing at an unidentified target across the street before running off down the street in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.
The NYPD released footage this week of a September 16 gun battle between seven alleged gang members, firing at an unidentified target across the street before running off down the street in the Morrisania section of the Bronx
Crime has, however, fallen in some boroughs of the city, down by 4.2 percent in Brooklyn North, 5.8 percent in Queens North.
In Queens South, crime fell 3.7 percent between the two months – even though there were six murders recorded there last month.
Despite the rise in some violent offenses, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea hailed the fall in murders and shootings last month.
Murders fell by 22 percent from 59 in September 2020 to 46 last month, while shootings were down 9.3 percent from 150 to 136.
Burglaries also fell by 14.9 percent and rapes by 12.4 percent between the two timeframes.
Historic crime data shows how crime fell from the 1990s and has inched up in recent years
Shea said in a statement that this is part of a wider fall in some violent crimes from the summer as the city focuses on curtailing gun violence.
‘The ongoing, downward trend in violence reflects the hard and often dangerous work of the men and women of the NYPD,’ said Shea.
‘And while I applaud their courage and tenacity, the police cannot do this alone. Public safety must be a collective mission.
‘It requires intelligence-based policing, but it also requires a fully functioning court system and meaningful consequences that send a clear message to those who would pull a trigger: expect to be caught, and expect to be held accountable.’
De Blasio also gave an optimistic outlook of the new crime figures in his press briefing Wednesday morning.
The mayor touted the rise in gun arrests as an ‘extraordinary success’ Wednesday rather than a concerning sign of a rise in firearm use.
‘It’s a typical thing out there for certain folks to doubt New York City, or to doubt our ability to make a comeback, or doubt the NYPD, but the facts speak for themselves,’ he said.
‘Even in the most extraordinarily difficult circumstances – total disruption of our society because of a global pandemic, unprecedented – the NYPD has fought back, neighborhood folks have fought back, the city has fought back and we’re seeing it in so many ways.’
He added: ‘We’re seeing the city come back to life.’
The mayor said several crimes such as robbery and felony crime are currently at the lowest rate in the last three decades on a year-to-date basis.
And de Blasio said things will improve further as the city continues to come back to life – through a return of tourism and workers returning to their offices.
That is part of his ‘safety in numbers’ theory, where larger crowds of people gathering are likely to deter opportunistic criminals from carrying out attacks.
Yet, the tourist hotspots have been at the center of some of the violence of late.
Times Square – known for its flashing billboards and bright lights which draw in around 50 million visitors every year – has been the site of three shootings and a horrifying incident where a woman pushed a bystander in front of a subway train.
Shocking surveillance footage taken this Monday shows a woman jump up from a bench and shove the female victim as a train hurtled into the station.
Horrifying surveillance video shows the moment when Anthonia Egegbara allegedly pushed a fellow commuter into a train at the Times Square subway station on Monday morning
Anthonia Egegbara, 29, of Queens, was charged with attempted murder Tuesday over the incident. The victim Lenny Javier, 42, suffered a broken nose and chin but luckily survived.
Back in May, three innocent bystanders, including a four-year-old girl, were also shot by stray bullets in Times Square when a man started shooting indiscriminately in the middle of the day during an argument with someone else.
The young girl was struck in the leg, a 24-year-old woman was hit in her thigh and a 44-year-old woman was shot in the foot.
All survived the shooting, which sent shoppers and tourists fleeing for their lives.
In June, US Marine Samuel Poulin was shot in the back in the tourist hotspot.
He was walking through the area with his family when he was randomly struck by a stray bullet from an altercation involving other people. Poulin was not seriously injured.
The mayoral candidate frontrunner Eric Adams has vowed to tackle the escalating violence when de Blasio leaves office at the end of this term.
On Tuesday, he said his first focus will be to crack down on guns entering the city.
His other plans include the creation of a dedicated plain-clothed anti-gun violence unit in the NYPD.