The surge in New York City subway crime continued over Memorial Day weekend when a man was stabbed in the neck with an umbrella at a Harlem subway station and another brutally beaten by a pair of robbers wearing flashy shoes in the street. midtown.
The first attack occurred just before 5 a.m. Sunday when a 64-year-old man was cornered by a pair of violent robbers at a turnstile of the Midtown subway at E 59th St and Lexington Ave, police said.
Surveillance videos show the two suspects in flashy shoes jumping on the victim before hitting him and cutting him in the face with a knife.
A still image from surveillance video footage of a man being beaten and robbed Sunday at the Lexington Avenue and E. 59th Street train station, one of several subway crimes that took place over the three-day holiday weekend
Surveillance video shows the two suspects in flashy shoes pounce on the victim before beating him and cutting him in the face with a knife
One of the attackers dragged the man by his feet after the victim tried to escape by jumping over the turnstile, the video shows.
“Give us your money, or we’ll kill you,” the duo demanded.
The two assailants continued to kick and punch the man before one of the thieves cut the victim’s face with a knife while he was trapped in the turnstile.
The video shows the man taking $150 cash from his pockets, which the slasher quickly snatched from his hands before the two fled the scene, the NYPD said.
Police highlighted the suspects’ expensive footwear in a press release seeking information that could lead to their arrest.
The man who cut the victim’s face was wearing a gray Champion sweatshirt with Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers, and his accomplice was wearing a black sweatshirt and Timberland x NBA basketball shoes.
Police highlighted the suspects’ expensive footwear in a press release seeking information that could lead to their arrest. One of the suspects was wearing Nike Flightposite Topaz Mist sneakers, which cost anywhere from $200 to $299
The other sneakerhead rover wore a pair of Timberland x NBA boots, which cost about $250. Police hope the striking footwear will help identify attackers
One of the Midtown subway assailants flees after he and an accomplice rob, beat and beat up a 64-year-old man for $150 in cash
Nearly 24 hours later, in Harlem, another man was stabbed in the neck with an umbrella at the 125th Street station on Lenox Avenue, PIX11 reports.
The 51-year-old victim had gotten into a verbal dispute with another, unidentified man before being stabbed, police sources told the outlet.
The man was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition and was taken to a stable several hours later, authorities said.
His attacker fled the metro station after the attack.
No arrests have been made in either metro crime, police say.
The duo wanted in connection with the Midtown subway robbery are described as being between the ages of 18 and 25, with both men wearing said striking designer shoes and the attacker in the black sweatshirt carrying a tattoo on his right hand, the report said. Daily News.
The umbrella stabber is simply described as a man in his thirties.
Law enforcement officers gather at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem after a 51-year-old man with an umbrella was stabbed in the neck Monday morning
City-wide statistics show that metro crime is drastically more common this year than in 2020.
55 traffic offenses were reported in the past week alone, compared to just 21 in the same period last year NYPD CompStat.
More than 120 crimes have taken place so far this year – the highest number in the first three months of the year since 1998.
Last year, 106 crimes were registered in the same period, 91 of which were in 2019.
The homicide rate doubled between 2019 and 2020 — from three to six, with the 2021 number now on track to overshadow the previous two years.
Meanwhile, the number of crimes – serious crimes including murders, rapes and assaults – has increased by 53.7 percent in the past two years.
For every million riders in the first three months of this year, 1.63 crimes had been reported. That was more than 1.06 reported crimes per million riders in 2019 – a 53.7 percent increase.
The numbers for the start of 2021 are also higher than the 1.48 reported crimes per million riders for the same period in 2020 – a 10.1 percent increase in just one year, according to The New York Times.
There have also been seven racist attacks on Asian-Americans so far in 2021, compared to none in the same period last year.
The overall number of major crimes has declined overall – 335 reported so far this year, up from 697 for the same period in 2020 and 559 for the same period in 2019.
But safety advocates say the total number of riders was much larger during the same period last year and the year before, pre-COVID shutdowns, and the crimes per million riders provide a more useful snapshot of rising crime rates.
An NYPD CompStat incident map listing all subway-related crime reports made throughout the city from May 17 to May 23. Authorities say 55 transit crimes were committed last week, compared to just 21 at the same time last year