On Saturday Night in New York City, a 16 year old male was attacked and beaten until he was unconscious in an attack where thieves made off with his Air Jordan Sneakers.
According to Breitbart, the attack occurred at 9:15 pm near a McDonald’s in Hamilton Heights, a neighborhood in Manhattan. Police say that a group approached the boy and began hitting and kicking him until the victim was unconscious before getting away with his shoes. The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital in “stable condition” and that is all police would say about the him.
NYPD Crime Stoppers posted a Tweet about the incident, showing a couple of security camera images of the attackers who all seemed to be wearing dark hoodies and have not yet been identified. The reward for tips leading to the arrest of these individuals is up to $3,500.
🚨WANTED-ROBBERY: 1/7/23 at approx. 9:15PM, in front of 3543 Bway @NYPD30PCT Manhattan. The suspects punched & kicked a 16-year-old male victim unconscious before taking his sneakers. Any info call us at 800-577-TIPS or use https://t.co/TRPPY5zHV2 Reward UP to $3,500 pic.twitter.com/1ga4q8oTf8
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) January 12, 2023
Crime has been up in recent years in New York City, likely due to the cities unwillingness to aggressively fight against crime with tougher sentencing for convicted criminals. New York Daily News says the same, citing statistics from last year to back up that claim:
“Sharp increases in felony assault, robberies and car thefts remained a cause for concern — the number of total felony crimes reported in 2022 increased by more than 23,000 compared with the year prior. The five boroughs saw a 25% rise in robberies, a 12% jump in felony assaults and a 32% spike in car thefts compared with 2021.
The total number of felony crimes last year was 126,537, with the number at 103,388 in 2021.
The city ended the year with a 29% increase in crime in the city’s subway system following several high-profile assaults that led Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul to announce a major underground crime crackdown.”
Local New York City news source PIX 11 cited the NYPD, saying that crimes committed by teenage suspect are also on the rise:
“In 2022, teens were the suspects in 98 crimes, a 20% increase from last year, police said. Teens were also the victims of 119 crimes, a 22% spike from 2021.”
If you ask Police Union Head Patrick Lynch, Governor Hochul is not doing enough to curb this rampant crime. He even goes as far as to say her inability to follow through on her promises is worsening safety in the Big Apple:
“The mayor spoke about improving officer morale and beefing up the NYPD’s headcount. Both are trending in the wrong direction. New York City can’t achieve its public safety goals by underpaying and overworking cops on the street.”
This increase in violent crime has caused massive pain for the city, as many of the area’s wealthiest commuters feel too unsafe to return to their offices or to use public transportation, according to Bloomberg article titled “Is NYC Safe”:
“Fears of violence have now surpassed Covid concerns when it comes to why workers say they won’t return to their Manhattan offices or ride on public transit in the financial capital of the world. Besides the impact on the residents of New York, there are far-reaching implications for the tourists, investors and other people who bring business and capital to the city’s economy.”
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