Couple gets PEPPER SQUIPPED by random attacker as they walk New York sidewalk as violence ramps up surge
Police are looking for a man who videoed a couple being pepper sprayed in a random, unprovoked attack as they walked through Manhattan, in the latest string of incidents that have fueled crime in New York.
Surveillance videos show the couple – an 18-year-old woman and her 19-year-old male partner – walking down 8th Avenue in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood.
A man walks up to them and as he passes, he quickly holds a can in front of their eyes.
The woman then doubles in pain when the suspect appears to run away without haste.
The incident took place on June 1, at about 9:50 p.m. in front of the outdoor seating area of the Chelsea Italian Ristorante at 108 8th Avenue, according to New York Police Department.
The couple were being treated for redness and swelling of their eyes, police said.
The NYPD did not immediately return a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
The attack happened shortly before 10 p.m. by the Chelsea Italian Ristorante at 108 8th Avenue
The suspect appears to have used pepper spray on the victims before he ran away
Total crime in the city has increased by 22 percent compared to last year. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said New Yorkers “don’t feel safe because crime rates are rising.”
The attack comes amid a wave of violent crime in the city that is reopening from lockdown.
Police say the current uptick in crime is driven by a 47 percent increase in robberies (1,182 vs. 806) and a 36 percent increase in large scale theft (2,848 vs. 2,101).
The crime rate rose 20.5 percent last month (1,979 v. 1,643) compared to May 2020, when much of the city was still in lockdown due to the coronavirus.
The homicide rate was flat last month, although the total homicide rate has increased by 17.4 percent this year compared to the current homicide rate in 2020.
According to NYPD statistics, the rape and felony counts are 2.4 and 7.7 percent higher this year, respectively, than around this time last year.
The number of attacks on public transport is also on the rise following a recent increase in stabbings and reduced police presence following calls to ‘punish the police’.
Police say current increase in crime is caused by robbery and grand theft
On Saturday, an unidentified man was caught fleeing after attempting to rape a woman on a sidewalk in New York City.
The 27-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan at 7 a.m. when the man grabbed her from behind.
The suspect grabbed the woman by the throat with both hands and pushed her against a storefront on East 33rd Street.
According to police, the suspect then pulled his pants down and attempted to rape the woman.
The woman fought back against the suspect during a short struggle and was able to flee, according to the police.
Police are looking for a man caught on surveillance video trying to rape a woman on a sidewalk in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Anti-Asian hate crimes, triggered by the origins of the pandemic in China, have also skyrocketed.
On May 31, in Chinatown, a man was caught by a surveillance video vacuum cleaner who beat a 55-year-old Asian woman so hard that she fell to the ground.
The attacker, identified by authorities as 48-year-old Alexander Wright, walked up to the woman and punched her in the face with a closed fist so hard that her hat flew off her head, she fell to the ground and lost consciousness.” the authorities said.
The 48-year-old homeless man has been arrested 41 times since his 17th birthday – eight of them in the past year alone, DailyMail.com revealed.
During his arraignment last Wednesday, prosecutors highlighted Wright’s most recent arrests by recommending high bail to actually keep him behind bars this time, including an ongoing case in the Bronx from last July.
“In that case, the defendant is accused of punching a 72-year-old man in the face with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground,” William Darling, an assistant district attorney of Manhattan, told the judge.
Judge Angela Badamo agreed with the prosecution’s recommendation that the bail be set at $15,000 in cash.
A 55-year-old Asian woman was beaten by a stranger while walking in Chinatown on May 31
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said New Yorkers “don’t feel safe” as the city returns to normal thanks to vaccines and reopening policies.
In response to a question about the attack on the 55-year-old Asian woman last week, Cuomo said there is no solution to the increasingly visible acts of violence in the city.
But he said he believes the fundamental problem was a deteriorating relationship between the police and the communities they serve.
“Crime in New York City is a big problem,” he said. “I’ve said repeatedly, as you know, we’re talking about reopening, commemorating, bringing people back to New York, back to offices, and so on. We have all kinds of incentives in economic development. The number one priority for economic development is public safety.’
Crimes against Asians in New York City have risen by a whopping 335 percent so far this year
Cuomo appeared to be targeting Mayor Bill de Blasio when he said choosing the next mayor would be huge.
He said: “This mayor is important, and we need someone who can both communicate with the people of the city and bring the people of the city together and get things done.
“You need a level of competence that doesn’t exist yet.”
Bill de Blasio says crime rates have risen as the world was ‘turned upside down’ by COVID. He also blames a backlog in the justice system, as it means criminals are out on the streets longer than before.
The NYPD blames De Blasio’s bail reform, which has resulted in many more suspected criminals being released from prison early, or never getting there at all.