‘I am afraid’: Armless, wheelchair-bound panhandler who was choked and robbed by heartless thief in Manhattan says he’s satisfied ‘the American dream is over’ as NYPD hunt for thugs
- An armless in a wheelchair begging on Fifth Avenue was robbed of his telephone
- He was a approached by a person who choked him with a finger and pulled out a knife and threatened his life
- The theft occurred by Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan final Wednesday
- The NYPD have launched surveillance photographs of a male suspect – he stays free
- Total crime in New York is up round 35 % from final 12 months
An armless beggar in a wheelchair was robbed of his telephone at knife-point final week exterior a luxurious division retailer on Fifth Avenue in New York Metropolis.
Frankie Martinez, 41, was begging exterior of Bergdorf Goodman on November 9 when a person choked him and threatened to kill him with a knife earlier than working away together with his telephone.
Martinez – who lives between the Bronx and his native Dominican Republic – had been panhandling exterior the Manhattan division retailer for round 5 years when the theft occurred. Now he longer feels secure.
The NYPD have launched two photographs of a male suspect captured by surveillance cameras, however he has not but been recognized and stays on the free.
Frankie Martinez, 41, was begging exterior of Bergdorf Goodman on November 9 when a person choked him and threatened to kill him with a knife
Martinez has been panhandling exterior Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue for round 5 years
In a picture of the suspect launched by the NYPD the male suspect may be seen loitering exterior Saks Fifth Avenue. The suspect was carrying a black Adidas tracksuit and a grey sleeveless vest on the time of the theft final Wednesday
Martinez was close to West 58th Avenue on Fifth Avenue when he was approached by the thief at round 1.30pm final Wednesday.
‘The person got here as much as me, pointed his finger into my throat and began choking me,’ he informed the New York Publish.
‘He attacked me instantly. A person shopping for a sizzling canine ran over to assist. That is when the attacker pulled out a knife. Then he ran away with my telephone,’ he added.
Martinez stated he then supplied to forfeit his belongings and made clear to the thief he wasn’t on the lookout for a struggle. That is when the person threatened to kill him, he stated.
A police supply stated that the suspect informed Martinez, ‘I simply acquired out of jail. I’ll kill you proper now,’ the Publish reported.
Within the surveillance photographs, the bald-headed suspect may be seen carrying a black Adidas tracksuit with white stripes and a grey sleeveless vest on prime. In a single picture he may be seen loitering exterior Saks Fifth Avenue.
Martinez stated that he now finds streets of New York harmful and that the theft left him traumatized
Martinez was close to West 58th Avenue on Fifth Avenue – one block from Trump Tower – when he was approached by the thief at round 1.30pm final Wednesday
Martinez went on to say he now finds streets of New York harmful and that the theft left him traumatized.
‘I do not really feel secure,’ he stated. ‘I really feel so, so unhealthy. I am afraid. I’ve not been in a position to sleep since I used to be attacked.’
He additionally spoke of a widespread decline, not simply in New York Metropolis however throughout the county.
‘This metropolis will not be what it was once,’ he stated. ‘There are usually not sufficient police on the road. There ought to be extra police patrolling the road so we are able to really feel secure once more.
‘I do not see a great future for this nation proper now,’ he added. ‘The American dream is over. Everybody on this nation is simply attempting to generate profits nonetheless they’ll. It is chaos.’
Crime in New York Metropolis is up total by 31.8 % on final 12 months, with theft up 35.5 %
Total violent crime in New York is up 33.6 % from final 12 months
Crime throughout the US, however significantly in New York, has change into an more and more severe subject in recent times.
In information from October New York police reported 378 murders this 12 months, down 13.5 % from final 12 months, however total crime has spiked by greater than 30 %.
New York Metropolis has additionally seen rapes soar from 1,137 final 12 months to 1,249 till October this 12 months, an almost 10 % rise.
Robberies are additionally up 36.5 %, and assaults and burglaries are up 15.9 and 31.5 % respectively.