NYC crime

Burglaries and Residential Break-ins Are Up in North Brooklyn

Officers seated in front of the 94th Precinct (Image via Ben Weiss).

Burglaries, especially residential break-ins, in Greenpoint and North Williamsburg are up this July compared to last year, according to the NYPD.

There have been 22 in the past four weeks in the 94th Precinct, compared to just nine in the same period in 2019. Burglaries across North Brooklyn, an area the NYPD defines as ranging from Greenpoint to Brownsville, have also exceeded last year’s numbers.

Jane Minehan, who lives in Greenpoint, can directly attest to the fright of finding a burglar scouring her apartment.

On July 8, Minehan awoke in the early morning to the gleam of a flashlight in her living room. After creeping to the end of her bed, she saw someone rummaging around her jewelry box. She yelled, and the thief crawled out of the open window in her ground floor apartment through which he entered. The suspect didn’t take anything of value, except for a tote bag of loose cash and coins from other countries.

A wanted flyer for a suspected burglar (Image courtesy of the 94th Precinct).

“For two weeks I didn’t sleep,” she said, talking about the period after the break-in. “I would sleep during the day.”

Sarah Hanson, who lives in North Williamsburg, also had a recent run-in with a burglar. A light sleeper, she woke up on July 17 to scratches at a window near her bedroom. When she tiptoed up to the front of her apartment, she saw someone cutting slits in her window screen. Continue reading

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Three Teens Recovering After Williamsburg Attack

The NYPD is seeking the suspect who allegedly attacked a group of teenagers with a screwdriver near Broadway and Flushing Avenue last Saturday in Williamsburg, ABC 7 reports.

The attack occurred last Saturday (5/25) around 2 a.m. and began on the subway when the three teenagers were alerted by the suspect and proceeded to exit the station, ABC 7 reports: Continue reading

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Male Suspect Followed Woman Into Nassau G Subway Station and Groped Her

The suspect (courtesy of NYPD)

A male suspect is wanted for questioning for allegedly following a woman into a Greenpoint subway station and groping her around 5 p.m. on Feb. 11, NYPD says.

The 28-year-old woman was followed by the suspect into the Nassau Avenue G train station where he fondled her from behind before the woman fought the suspect off, making him flee to the street above.

The suspect is described as approximately 25 years old, 5 feet three inches tall, wearing a dark knit cap, gray jacket, jeans, and black backpack, according to News 12 Brooklyn.

If you have info call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted at the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter @NYPDTips, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. All calls are confidential.

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Suspect Sought in Potential Hate Crime at Chabad of Bushwick

Courtesy of Chabad of Bushwick

The NYPD is seeking information regarding the identity of a suspect in connection with an alleged hate crime at a Bushwick synagogue last weekend.

The suspect (courtesy of NYPD)

Video surveillance released by police shows one of two potential suspects that are sought for questioning for breaking the front windows of the Chabad of Bushwick (1087 Flushing Ave).

There were approximately 15 people inside the Chabad when the front window was smashed at around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, no one was injured. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to “go towards increasing the activities of Chabad of Bushwick, and towards renovating the Chabad House.”

Hate crimes in NYC have approximately doubled this year compared with the same period in 2018. The NYPD has tallied 47 hate crimes so far in 2019, with 2/3 cases targeting the Jewish community, CBS reports.

A pattern of hate graffiti and harassment with hate speech has been documented over the recent months in Greenpoint.

Mayor de Blasio held a rally just last Thursday at the Kingsway Jewish Center in Midwood where he denounced the rise in hate crimes in NYC.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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Suspect Wanted for Slashing Woman’s Face in Williamsburg

The suspect wanted for a robbery that occurred on 2/3/19 at approximately 7:45am on the corner of Boerum St & White St. (courtesy of NYPD)

The NYPD is seeking the public’s help to identify a male suspect who allegedly slashed a 31-year-old woman across her face before robbing her Sunday morning. The suspect approached the victim, Dana Sagona of Queens, near Boerum and White streets in Williamsburg at approximately 7:45 a.m., when the suspect made a comment on her looks and offered a marriage proposal.

Dana Sagona (courtesy NY Daily News)

Sagona works as a city librarian and was waiting for a cab to Manhattan to volunteer at an animal shelter when the assault and robbery occurred. She described the incident to the NY Daily News: Continue reading

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