Showing posts with label East Village crime. Show all posts
Showing posts with label East Village crime. Show all posts

Thursday, September 1, 2022

[Updated] 26-year-old man shot and killed this afternoon outside 3 Haven Plaza

Photos by Garrett Rosso

Police are investigating the shooting death of a 26-year-old man this afternoon outside 3 Haven Plaza between Avenue C and Avenue D. 

According to witnesses, the victim was on a Citi Bike at the time of the shooting around 1:30 p.m. in the area near 12th Street and 13th Street.  (Updated: New info states that the Citi Bike was found at the scene, but it's unclear if anyone was riding it at the time of the shooting.)
NY1 reported that the man, whose identity has not been revealed, was pronounced dead at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. 

Police at the scene recovered three shell casings...
Police and published reports stated that the suspect is a man in his 20s who was wearing all black and a face mask. Police officials told ABC 7 that the victim had been targeted by the gunman.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting in unknown at the moment.
In an unrelated shooting early this morning, a 25-year-old woman was shot and killed on 14th Street at Irving Place. That shooting remains under investigation.

Updated 9/2

The Post reports that the victim was an alleged Money Boy Gang member.
The gunman blasted him four times in the head as he walked out of an apartment building, according to cops and the sources. 

Video reviewed by investigators shows that the gunman walked back and forth after he shot the victim, then kicked him multiple times in the head, sources said. 

 


Friday, August 26, 2022

People keep stealing catalytic converters

Top photo from 6th Street

Catalytic converters remain a hot property. (Background)

This appeared on the Citizen app this morning ... two men stole one (allegedly!) from a vehicle on the south end of Avenue B, prompting a police search of the area ...

Meanhile, the 9th Precinct tweeted this back on Saturday morning...

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Today in posts about things people are stealing

The 9th Precinct tweeted this out the other day... an uptick in catalytic converter theft!

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), catalytic converter theft has spiked dramatically due to three precious metals found inside them: palladium, rhodium, and platinum. How precious are we talking about here? At the time of this writing, an ounce of rhodium costs about $15,000.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Police looking for suspect in slashing on St. Mark's Place

The NYPD is seeking the public's help in finding a suspect wanted in connection to a slashing on St. Mark's Place. 

According to police officials, the incident took place on July 5 at 6:09 p.m. outside 120 St. Mark's Place between Avenue A and First Avenue. 

Per the Crime Stoppers tweet: "The suspects engaged a 19-year-old male in a dispute, then one of the suspects slashed his face with a sharp object." Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are strictly confidential. There's a reward up to $3,500.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

[Updated] 21-year-old man dead in hit-and-run on East Houston

Updated 7/15: 

According to NBC 4, authorities identified the victim as Andy Eduardo Gil, 21. He was reportedly walking south to north across Houston at Forsyth. 

Updated 7/16:

The Daily News spoke with the young man's grieving parents. 
Dad Eduardo Gil recalled his son working at a hotel while pursuing his aspirations of becoming a photographer and graphic designer, adding the young man was headed to a scheduled photo shoot when killed that morning.

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Per Myles Miller at Channel 4, citing surveillance video:
The traffic light changed as he was in the median, and a private sanitation truck slowed to let him pass.

At that same time, however, a black sedan can be seen speeding around the right side of the truck. The car struck the victim ... and dragged him along the street. Both the car and sanitation truck left Gil in the middle of the street, and drove away.

The sedan was last seen driving westbound on Houston. 

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Police are searching for the driver of a sedan they say struck and killed a 21-year-old man early this morning on East Houston Street. 

According to ABC 7, the pedestrian was crossing East Houston at Forsyth Street around 5 a.m. when he was hit by a sedan driver, who fled the scene. 

Per ABC 7:
Workers in the area who have seen the surveillance [footage] say it's clear the driver was going way too fast into the intersection. 
"I'm not too sure if he saw the person, but even if he didn't, at least stop if you know you hit someone," said Justin Lopez, who works nearby. "And he didn't."

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Police looking for suspect in attempted sexual assault in apartment building on 11th Street and 3rd Avenue

The NYPD is searching for a man they say tried to sexually assault a 23-year-old woman Sunday night. 
 
According to police and media accounts, the man crept up behind the woman inside her building near 11th Street and Third Avenue at about 11:40 p.m. Police said that as she opened her door, he pushed the woman into the apartment and tried to sexually assault her. The woman reportedly got the attacker out of the apartment, and he left with her wallet.

Police released surveillance of the suspect at an unnamed business...

   

A description of the suspect has not been released.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are strictly confidential.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Police searching for suspect who burglarized a storage room on Avenue B

The NYPD has just released information about a suspect they say burglarized a storage room on Avenue B and took $26,000 in merchandise. 

According to the police, the incident occurred at 4:25 a.m. on June 11 at 23 Avenue B, which is between Second Street and Third Street. As previously reported, workers added two new floors and combined the two four-story structures here.

The police report does not mention the name of the business... the lone one being Gas on Deck, a recreational marijuana dispensary and accessories shop.

There is a $3,500 reward for information about this theft...

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Details about an hours-long break-in at CC Cyclery & Co. on 13th Street

Photos by Daniel Efram 

Jeff Underwood, the founder and chief mechanic at CC Cyclery, is sharing details about a burglary at his shop, 530 E. 13th St., early on May 26.
In total, six people were involved in the break-in. Here's part of the message via an Instagram post from over the weekend... 
They ended up making multiple trips during the hours of 1:45 a.m. until 8:40 a.m. The person who broke in was wearing a white hoodie, white shorts and carrying a shoulder bag. He was holding a small flashlight in one hand and a hunting knife in the other. 

After breaking in, others showed up and helped themselves to all our cash in the register, our laptops, ipads, bicycles, all our locks on display.

After one broke in, five others showed up to help. They took multiple trips back and forth over the course of a few hours. 

I had been in the back office the whole time, unaware of what was happening just a few feet away on the other side of the wall. I had fallen asleep with my headphones on, and the A/C and fan were on, drowning out the sound. I heard something earlier but thought it was the neighbors coming in from a late night.

Later I heard another noise, looked at the surveillance camera monitor, saw a woman walking out the front door with multiple bags and two men, each in the process of taking bikes. I jumped up and started toward the front of the shop. Stupidly, I went to confront them. 

As I was about to open the door they heard me, dropped the bikes and ran out the door ... They were all seen leaving the shop. They walked, ran, and rode the bikes on the sidewalk both east toward Avenue B and west toward Avenue A. 

The Instagram post has screengrabs of the suspects.

Per Underwood: "If you saw anything, know the suspects or have any information about this crime, please contact us and/or the NYPD's 9th Precinct (212) 477-7811 and ask for Detective Saunders."

Meanwhile, a longtime CC customer has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help "keep the business afloat." Details here

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Police looking for 2 suspects in attack on 2nd Avenue and 4th Street that left victim with a skull fracture

Police are searching for two suspects (above) they say critically injured a man in a late-night attack last week on the SE corner of Fourth Street and Second Avenue. 

The NYPD says that the two separately attacked the 46-year-old victim at 3:40 a.m. on May 18. Video footage shows the first suspect grabbing the victim from behind and throwing him to the ground, where he gets in his face and punches him before walking away. 

After the victim gets to his feet on the crosswalk, the second suspect smacks him onto the ground and punches him. Before leaving, the second suspect stops and drags the victim out of the roadway to the corner. A motive for the attack is not known at this time. It's also not known if the suspects knew the victim. 

EMTs transported the victim to NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue for a skull fracture, and he is listed in critical condition.

Police said the suspects are between 25 and 35 years old.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are strictly confidential.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

After deadly shooting, fearful residents speak out about the drug activity on Avenue D & 3rd Street

Photos and story by Stacie Joy

On Sunday night around 11:15, a 39-year-old man from the Bronx was shot and killed on Third Street and Avenue D.

In the wake of another murder in a well-known location for drug sales, I talked with four residents who live nearby.

Everyone I spoke with reported being intimidated and fearful. Most called for increased surveillance and NYPD presence, although the residents also felt that the police were not inclined to assist them.

I walked the area where the shooting happened approximately 12 hours later. Aside from some leftover crime-scene tape, you wouldn't have known a deadly shooting took place.

These four residents live in buildings close to the shooting: 

• “CR,” a single, older man who has lived on Third Street near Avenue D for five years.

• “G,” a male professor who has lived on Third Street near Avenue D for eight years.

• “G7,” a female musician who has lived on Third Street between Avenue C and Avenue D for 32 years.

• “CT,” a married woman with children who described herself as somewhat active in the community and lived on Third Street between Avenue C and Avenue D for 15 years.
What are your experiences on the block? What has changed since you moved in?

CR: I have come to know many of my neighbors and have loved living on the block. I like the colorful nature of the block…not much of that left in Manhattan. The prevalence of drug dealing and crazy drug abuse has been increasing steadily. 

The dealers feel that they can carry out their dirty business with impunity, and they seem to be correct about that. One of them does most of his dealing in front of a security camera. Perhaps he has paid the landlord to shut it off? As far as I understand, the police would rather let this go on unabated rather than spend hours doing the paperwork. 

G: This block has gone from lively and occasionally raucous to utterly drug-infested. Drug addicts and other troubled people were always around and often hanging out on the corners. But about two years ago, a drug dealer ... set up shop in front of the laundromat at 324 E. Third St. He and his crew holler up and down Third Street starting in the early morning and intermittently throughout the day. Most days, I’m woken up by their shouting. They love to announce their presence — it’s an intimidation tactic that says, Yeah, I’m here; I dare you. I never hear the addicts’ voices. They rush off in the daytime, though at night, they linger to do their drugs and leave their empties. 

G7: When I first moved here, there was some drug action close by and the needle exchange was around the corner. But I never feared for my safety like I do now. I’m a recovering addict who ran these streets in the late ’70s when the area was a bustling heroin market. We didn’t experience the amount of gun violence that we are seeing today. 

We need to get guns off the streets! Should drugs be legalized? Perhaps. That may save lives and permit people to make an honest living. We are always going to have drug dealers and addicts, unfortunately.

CT: When we [arrived], the block was a very mixed community in the best sense. We loved Ryan Nena, Henry Street Settlement, all of the churches, plus some new development that was already in the works. It was a spirited community.

Fast-forward to the present, and it feels very scary. My kids have a degree of independence now, and I worry about all the bad actors on the block. I think the issue is that this block, specifically the corner of Third Street and Avenue D, provides a safe harbor for criminal activity such as drug dealing. And that has accelerated during the pandemic. You have so many rehabilitative populations in the two- to three-block radius, and you have these dealers who are working unimpeded by NYPD. 
Can you speak about what you have seen in the area regarding crime?

CR: Crime is mostly theft, driven by the need to purchase drugs and get high. Amazon packages are regularly stolen. I was also in the street at the time of the assassination of another drug dealer in January of 2021. It just seems like this will get worse.

G: Daily, many many drug deals. It’s a veritable parade of drug dealing on Third Street.

G7: We’ve seen at least four shootings, two resulting in deaths in the last month alone. There are drug dealers stationed in plain sight who do not respect the citizens, nor do they fear the NYPD.

CT: In terms of crime, I see dealing going on starting early through the late morning until a new crew shows up and then into the evening. Based on the buyers, they seem to be selling hard stuff. The drugs are on them; they’re doing cash deals — sometimes there is a line like three deep as if you’re at a bar. Crazy! Many of us have videos. 

The reason it’s accelerated in the last two years is the business owners on the south side: the Dollar Plus store and the laundromat. It’s not their fault — they’re scared and they’re intimidated. The laundromat used to be owned by Kevin, who sold it right before the pandemic. He always kept his place clean and did not allow any action. [The new owners] are very nice and were totally walked over by the whole dealer group. The [dealers] play loud music, are extremely loud, have started arguments and have a threatening manner with many of the residents on this block ... The main guy also started to use his own stuff so he’s particularly volatile these days. We all felt something was going to happen. So the shooting, though sad, was not surprising.

Did you see or hear Sunday night’s shooting? 

CR: I heard the shots and saw the police response from my window.

G: I heard the shots and saw people cowering behind parked cars on Third Street, a man running down Avenue D, yelling, “He’s dead.” Then the police came.

G7: My boyfriend saw the police cars when he left my house close to midnight. If he had left moments earlier, he might have been caught in the crossfire!

CT: I did not hear or see the shooting; I slept through it but woke up to multiple text alerts from fellow friends and residents on the block.

In your experience, what, if anything, is being done to address the concerns of the residents?

CR: Nothing. Sometimes they put a patrol car near the scene of a shooting, but only for a few days.

G: Absolutely nothing. I call in 911 drug deals and 311 noise and crowd complaints pretty much every day, just to keep a record. Police do respond, but they usually say that they don’t see a problem or that they’ve addressed it. But nothing ever changes. Criminal packs intimidate everyone. I feel especially sorry for the people who run the laundromat. The dealers use their bathroom. I’m sure it is not a comfortable relationship. 

G7: I have spoken to police officers who are frustrated. They say when they make arrests, the criminals are out on the street within hours. We have a block association and have made numerous complaints to City Councilmember Carlina Rivera, Assemblymember Harvey Epstein and now Mayor Adams.

CT: The Ninth Precinct has been very responsive to our safety concerns. Our NCOs are in touch with us ... They tell us to call 911 anytime we see something happening. The problem is the lookouts warn the dealers, and they walk. 

We believe an ARGUS NYPD camera should be installed on this corner. Ninth Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Clement, told several residents at a safety meeting last year that we should lobby Councilwoman Carlina Rivera to release funds to install said camera, that any block that has this high-definition zoom flexible camera has low crime rates. 

And the problem is it’s not just the dealing: package theft, Rite Aid and Walgreens shoplifting theft [both shops are now closed]; it’s all connected. It’s those who are stealing for resale so they can buy daily. It’s the woman on Houston Street in the wheelchair with no legs who is buying, it’s a lot of the people in the halfway housing on Pitt Street who are buying, it’s people who are trying to get better who are buying.

What do you think the city could do differently to mitigate the situation?

CR: As much as I would hate to live in one of those neighborhoods with an ARGUS camera, it would be preferable if it drove these scumbags away.

G: Cameras! Surveillance is needed. East Third is a lovely safe hideaway for criminals. It’s their happy place off the avenue and away from NYCHA. Let the dealers know they are being recorded.

Police should WALK THE BEAT. They don’t live here, so they don’t care. Nor do they understand the perspective of neighbors. They seem to have the attitude that poor people deserve crime and filth. They complain of being demoralized by deBlasio-era constraints on policing. But I for one don’t want to see the dealers arrested and in jail. What I want is a police presence that can support the majority of the neighborhood in its quest for clean, respectful public culture. 

Bring back alternate side of the block parking enforcement. It’s like loitering for cars! People start to think they own a spot. Same with allowing corner loitering. The worst elements claim public space and they think it is their right to create filth and chaos. The police need to enforce this norm. Enforce street cleaning. Give tickets to dirty storefronts. Avenue D is absolutely disgusting and landlords are to blame. Ticket double-parkers and illegal parking at the pump (on the southwest corner of Third and D, which is often used by drug dealers). Basic civic policing would go a long way toward building a law-abiding, respectful neighborhood.

Assign a marked car to the corner. On the day of the murder, I had just sent in my second 311 (in addition to a 911) call about the morning drug deals, warning that the crew hanging out on Third was neither benign nor normal and that it indicated trouble brewing. The police responded, saying they saw no evidence of a problem. Then the shots rang out.

As you can tell, I’m very frustrated — and scared. I’ve been threatened by the dealers — they know everyone who lives on their turf. They are so flagrant in their actions that it is a message: We are helpless against them and have no allies. They have no fear of the police and we have no faith in policing. The dealers were out this morning, as usual. 

G7: NYPD needs to be on the corner of Third and D 24/7 until the drug dealers go away!

CT: I’m a bit surprised that this has been allowed to fester because of the location: parents need to know that when their kids come up Avenue D at lunchtime and sit on a stoop on Third Street, that heroin is being sold 20 feet away from them.

Postscript 

Yesterday, friends and family of the victim, Brandon Atkinson, created a memorial in his honor on the corner of Third Street and Avenue D.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Report: Man shot dead on 3rd Street and Avenue D last night

A man was shot and killed last night on Avenue D and Third Street around 11:15, according to media accounts and police sources.

CBS 2 reports that the victim is 39-year-old Bronx resident Brandon Atkinson. He was found with a gunshot wound to the head and pronounced dead at Bellevue. 

No other details are currently available. 

This was one of four shootings last night or early this morning in the southern half of Manhattan. 

Per NBC New York
The shootings will compound the problem already plaguing Manhattan this year, as the city confronts a massive spike in violent crime. Year-to-date through May 8, shooting incidents in the NYPD"s Patrol Borough Manhattan South are up 31% over last year. 

According to the NYPD's CompStat system, for the period from Jan. 1 to May 8, shooting incidents in Manhattan South are now at their highest since 1997.
On April 29 at 9 a.m., a 42-year-old man was shot and killed outside the Mariana Bracetti Plaza public housing development on Fourth Street at Avenue C. Police arrested a suspect in that shooting. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

A 'March Against Gun Violence' today on the Lower East Side

Neighborhood police precincts (the 7th, 9th and PSA 4) and local community groups are coming together today (April 30) for a "March Against Gun Violence." 

Anyone who wants to take part can meet up at 10:45 a.m. at Delancey and Columbia on the Lower East Side. The march ends at P.S. 34, 730 E. 12th St. between Avenue C and Avenue D. 

The NYPD's crime statistics for March in NYC showed "an overall crime index increase of 36.5% compared to the same time last year, but a dip in homicides," NBC 4 reported

Friday, April 29, 2022

Man dead in shooting this morning outside Mariana Bracetti Plaza on 4th Street

Photos by Stacie Joy

Updated 4/30 11:30 a.m.

Police sources tell us that they have "a person of interest" in custody. More details to follow...

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Police are investigating a fatal shooting this morning outside the Mariana Bracetti Plaza public housing development on Fourth Street at Avenue C.
The victim, described by ABC 7 as a 42-year-old male, was shot twice on Fourth Street following an argument around 9 a.m., sources at the scene said.

EMTs transported him to Bellevue, where officials said he died. 

According to the Citizen app, the suspect fled westbound on Fourth Street on a bicycle.

There are also unconfirmed reports of gunfire last night at the Mariana Bracetti Plaza related to a "beef in the building."

Sources said that the victim, whose identity has not yet been released by police, pending family notification, used to live in Mariana Bracetti Plaza.

Updated:

CBS 2 identified the victim as Anthony Ramon.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

A break-in at Lucky on Avenue B

A man broke into Lucky at 168 Avenue B after close on Sunday night. 

Owner Abby Ehmann told EVG contributor Stacie Joy that the break-in occurred just after 4 a.m. The bar has a rolldown gate. However, the burglar got into the residential part of the building and into the back garden, where he picked the lock to the back door.

Surveillance video shows that the man spent nearly 30 minutes inside the bar here between 10th Street and 11th Street. (Don't worry — this clip isn't 30 minutes long!)

   

He took all the cash left in the drawer ... as well as a $5 bill that someone had signed for Abby to staple to the wall.
The burglar didn't steal anything else — and even locked the door behind him.

Police sources also said the same suspect robbed an unnamed business early that morning on St. Mark's Place.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Police release surveillance video of suspect in connection to stabbing on Avenue A last Monday

The NYPD has released surveillance video of a suspect wanted in connection to a stabbing on Avenue A near 10th Street late last Monday afternoon. (First reported here.)

As ABC 7 reported this morning, the suspect got into an argument with a 35-year-old man. 

From ABC 7: "The victim was hospitalized at Bellevue Hospital in critical but stable condition. He had stab wounds to his left shoulder, right shoulder, chest, left arm, right forearm, left leg, left calf, and right leg."
  We originally heard that the NYPD had a suspect in custody last week. They actually had a suspect identified. And the incident took place near 10th Street, not Seventh Street, per the above tweet.

Monday, April 18, 2022

[Updated] Report of a stabbing on Avenue A near 10th Street

Photos by Steven 
Updated 4/20

The NYPD has identified a person of interest. According to NYPD sources: "The victim didn’t cooperate at first because he was drunk."

We had heard previously that the two men knew each other.

Updated 4/25

Here is a surveillance clip of the suspect.

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There are reports of a man who suffered non-life-threatening injuries after getting stabbed on Avenue A near 10th Street outside Tompkins Square Park shortly before 6 p.m. 

Several EVG readers report that crime scene tape is up in parts of Tompkins Square Park ... at the entrance on Ninth Street at Avenue A ... and the area around Temperance Fountain...
The Citizen app reports that the unknown victim "sustained leg and head injuries" and was being transported to the hospital.

This was the scene on Avenue A close to 10th Street...   
It's not known at the moment what led to the stabbing.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

NYPD seeks suspect accused of endangering the welfare of a minor


Police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with endangering the welfare of a minor. 

The incident happened on March 16 just before 8 a.m. near Fifth Street and Avenue C. According to NYPD officials, the suspect approached a 12-year-old girl and asked her to accompany him. The man fled after a good Samaritan intervened. Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are strictly confidential.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Report: Relief supplies for Ukraine stolen from 2nd Avenue nonprofit

Updated 3/19: The Post published a surveillance video showing two vans and masked thieves taking boxes from the building.

Donations destined for Ukraine have been stolen from an East Village building, according to police and media sources.

The supplies, including 400 bulletproof vests, were taken from the offices of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and the Ukrainian National Women's League of America on Second Avenue between 12th Street and 13th Street. 

Police responded around 9:15 a.m. to a call of a burglary, the Associated Press reported. 

Per the AP via ABC 7
Andrij Dobriansky, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, said last week that the plan was for donated gear to be shipped by air to Poland and then transported into Ukraine. 

The items were most likely to be used by civilian security and medical teams, including citizens who have joined the fight against the Russian military, not Ukrainian soldiers themselves, officials said. 
The Post noted that the used vests were donated by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office. Officials there were working to confirm the report.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Report: 'Rowdy teens' blamed for series of attacks at Sheen Brothers on 10th and B

Updated 3/10: One teen has been arrested, per the News.

The Daily News reports that "a group of rowdy teens have harassed and attacked workers" at Sheen Brothers, the market on the SE corner of 10th Street and Avenue B.

Owner Jay Patel told the News that "he has called the police time and again about the teen terrors, but cops have told him their hands are tied." 

Video surveillance dating back to October shows a series of assaults at the market, including one in which teens repeatedly punch a clerk in the face. 

Patel said they spent $7,000 on an automatic gate and a buzzer system to beef up the shop's security. Customers have to be buzzed in and out of the corner market now. 

As part of his East Village walking tour yesterday, Mayor Adams visited Sheen Brothers and vowed "we are not going to tolerate" the attacks. 

The News pointed out that overall crime is up in the 9th Precinct 67.5% this year — 325 incidents vs. 194 in 2021. This link takes you to the PDF of the NYPD CompStats. 

For more context, here's a screengrab with breakdowns of reported crimes vs. previous years... (click on image for a better view)...