A homeless man was found dead in Central Park Wednesday morning with a rope tied around his neck in what police are investigating as a possible murder.
The unidentified 26-year-old man was spotted around 8:15 a.m. by a woman gardening in the meadow off East Drive and East 65th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
No arrests were made as of Wednesday afternoon. Police are withholding the man’s identity pending notification from his family, New York Police Department told DailyMail.com.
Officers recognized the victim as someone visiting the park when they found him unconscious with a rope tied around his neck.
The man was found by a woman who was gardening near East Drive and East 65th Street
No arrests have been made and police are still waiting to notify the victim’s family
Police recognized the unidentified 26-year-old as someone who visited the park
The discovery took place on Wednesday morning at 8.15 am as joggers moved through the area
The black rope was part of the fencing used in the area, sources told the New York Post.
The city’s coroner must determine an official cause of death.
In February 2020, the body of a man was found hanging from a tree in Central Park, just a few blocks above Sunday’s discovery. The man was believed to be in his 40s and also homeless, but the death appeared to be a suicide, according to the New York Post.
Violent crime has generally declined slightly in New York City compared to this time last year, but the crime rate has increased.
The crime rate rose more than six percent this year, with the NYPD reporting 15,885 cases on Sept. 19, slightly more than the 14,965 reported around the same time last year.
The number of shooting incidents also increased by 2.7 percent, from 1,118 in 2020 to 1,488 in 2021.
Rapes are also up this year, with 1,063 rapes reported so far this year, more than 3 percent higher than the 1,026 reported last year.
The number of murders, on the other hand, had fallen from 352 in 2020 to 336 in 2021. The number of robberies also decreased slightly from 9,105 to 9,014.
Shootings, felonies and rapes are all happening in NYC compared to this time last year
Hopeful Democratic Mayor Eric Adams announced he is converting run-down suburban New York City hotels for use as homeless shelters
New York City mayor, hopeful Eric Adams, last week criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio for allowing crime to remain relatively high in the city.
The former NYPD captain vowed to crack down on violent criminals amid a string of crimes taking place in New York restaurants and businesses if he wins this year’s mayoral election.
“Right now nobody wants to do business in the city,” Adams said Friday on Bloomberg Radio — less than 48 hours after masked men with guns attacked random outdoor diners at the popular Philippe Chow restaurant on Manhattan’s East Side.
“We are defined as a business-friendly city rather than a business-friendly city,” Adams said.
Adams has also announced plans to convert former hotels that closed during the pandemic into 25,000 homeless shelters in the city — an idea that has divided New York City.
The mayoral candidate says he wants to locate the shelters in the suburbs as the lack of tourism has hit them harder during the COVID-19 lockdowns, forcing more hotels to close their doors permanently.
This will both create housing for the homeless and reduce the number of vacant businesses in Brooklyn, but others worried that Brooklyn was being asked to solve a problem because Upper West Side residents had refused to do so.
The wealthy residents even threatened to sue the city if they continued to use the area’s vacant hotels as shelters for the homeless.
De Blasio, who boasted this summer was one of the safest in the city and praised the work of the NYPD in making a record number of gun-related arrests, accused courts of the increase in some crimes.
He lashed out at the state’s criminal justice system, the high crime rate in the Big Apple and a drastically reduced number of sentences, which he labeled “unacceptable.”
A court spokesman responded by accusing the mayor of “gaslighting” the public in an attempt to shift blame for the crime epidemic.
During his daily remote press conference on Aug. 31, de Blasio revealed that there were only 18 court decisions in the five boroughs in the first half of 2021, compared to 405 in the same time in 2019.
“That’s not good enough,” said the mayor.
Lucian Chaifen, Director of Communications at the Office of Court Administration, responded to De Blasio’s harsh criticism by accusing the mayor of finger-pointing.
“Once again, the mayor shows his blatant lack of understanding of the criminal justice process in this state,” Chaifen said in a statement.
“His gaslighting rhetoric about judicial operations is an attempt to shift the discussion about public safety.”