A woman has been fatally stabbed in the neck and stomach after arguing with a man at a homeless camp in Brooklyn, as New York City‘s summer of violence continues.
The woman, who has not been named by police – was stabbed once in the stomach and the neck at 2.35pm at the encampment on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Belmont Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.
Police believe the women was homeless, and that she knew her attacker, sources told the New York Daily News.
Officers found the woman lying unconscious and unresponsive on the ground with two stab wounds.
She was transported to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead around 3.30pm.
An unidentified woman was found lying unconscious on the sidewalk by police after being fatally stabbed in the neck and stomach today. She was pronounced dead at the hospital around 3.30pm
Police from the NYPD’s 75th Precinct were seen taping off the crime scene in a video posted on the platform while they investigate the stabbing. The suspect’s motive is not known
The police reported the suspect was wearing all black but no arrests have been made, according to ABC 7.
The motive behind the fatal stabbing is unknown and investigation is ongoing.
In video footage from the Citizens app, showed police walking around the crime scene with tape, marking off the corner where she was found.
In a statement released by police to Daily Mail, stated: ‘Police responded to a call of an assault in the vicinity of Belmont Avenue and Georgia Avenue within the confines of the 75 precinct.
‘Upon arrival, officers observed an adult female lying unconscious and unresponsive of the sidewalk with a stab wound to her stomach and a stab wound to her neck.
‘EMS responded and transported the victim to Brookdale Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.’
The suspect reportedly was wearing all black, according to ABC 7. No arrests have been mad
Crime has rapidly been rising in the Big Apple since the pandemic.
According to the NYPD, shootings were up 5.3 per cent during the last week, compared to the same time last years.
Rape and felony assault rates were also up about five per cent in August 2021 versus August 2020.
Murder, however, has gone down 1.3 per cent since last August.
On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at the state’s criminal justice system, blaming soaring crime rates in the Big Apple on a dramatically reduced number of trial verdicts, which he slammed as ‘unacceptable.’
Speaking during his daily remote press conference on Monday, de Blasio revealed that in the first half of 2021, there were only 18 trial verdicts across the five boroughs, compared to 405 during the same time in 2019.
A spokesperson for the court system responded by accusing the mayor of ‘gaslighting’ the public in an attempt to shift the blame for the crime epidemic.
Latest numbers from the NYPD show that shootings, rapes and assaults are all up
Lucian Chaifen, Director of Communications with the Office of Court Administration, responded to de Blasio’s harsh criticism by accusing the mayor of engaging in finger-pointing.
‘Yet again, the mayor demonstrates his glaring lack of understanding of the criminal justice process in this state,’ Chaifen said in a statement. ‘His gaslighting rhetoric regarding court operations is an attempt to shift the public safety discussion continues.’
The spokesperson argued that the court system has been back at full strength since May, and rebuked prosecutors and defense attorneys for not being prepared to try their cases.
Chaifen, nevertheless, acknowledged that because of social distancing requirements, only three trials can now be held simultaneously in each county, compared to up to a dozen before the pandemic, as New York Post reported.
State courts outside New York City have produced 118 trial verdicts during the first eight months of the year.
‘Whether it’s something as horrible as a murder or gun violence, you need a culture of consequences,’ de Blasio said. ‘The court system not functioning is having a bigger impact than almost any other factor right now.
‘The absence of those consequences for a whole variety of crimes is undermining public safety.’
He added: ‘If someone has committed a crime against a fellow New Yorker and they never see a consequence, or they think it’s so far away that it will have no impact on their life, it gives them license.’
De Blasio went on to accuse city courts of lagging behind other institutions in reopening at full capacity.
De Blasio blamed the city’s elevated crime rates on the criminal justice system
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday revealed that there were only 18 trial verdicts during the first half of 20201, compared to 405 in 2019
‘We have a lot of businesses back at full strength. In the areas that we have our new mandates for – indoor dining, entertainment – they’re back full strength. Why is the court system the outlier?’ de Blasio demanded. ‘We need our criminal justice system fully operational to protect New Yorkers. Period. Anything less than that is unacceptable.’
The mayor also contended that his administration has continuously offered to help the courts to ramp up their operations by providing additional space and aid with vaccination, ‘and we’re still not getting a satisfactory outcome,’ he said.
Lisa Ohta, president of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, told NY1 that although the pandemic has delayed some trials, there is little evidence to suggest that it has resulted in elevated crime rates.
‘It is the low-level offenses, the violations, the non-violent misdemeanors that have been delayed more than other things, as they should be, because these are not issues that are putting people at serious risk,’ Ohta said.