Wednesday, September 28, 2016

21-Year-Old Killed In Bronx Playground - Shot In Head


By Geoffrey Croft

A 21-year-old male was killed last night  after being shot in the head on a playground bench, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

He was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition but later passed.

Police found Bronx resident Yunior Manon with a gun shot wound to the back of his head.  

Police don’t believe the victim was the intended target according to a law enforcement source.

The incident occurred at Morton Playground near University Avenue and West Tremont Avenue at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Teen Shot In Brooklyn Park Playing Basketball After School


A 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg while playing basketball in a Brooklyn park shortly after class was dismissed on Monday afternoon.  

The teen was in Washington Hall Park when another male fired repeatedly onto the court where he was playing near Washington Street and Park Avenue in Clinton Hill at about 3:30 p.m., police said, according to the New York Post.  

The wounded boy then ran to the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Waverly Avenue and discovered that he had been shot in the right leg, police sources said.  

He was taken to Kings County Hospital and expected to survive, cops said.  

Police said they didn’t know if he was the intended target or what the shooter’s motive was.

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New York Post - September 26, 2016 - By Tina Moore  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Central Park: French Police Officer Catches Purse Snatcher


By Geoffrey Croft

A French police officer chased down a thief who robbed a British tourist in Central Park.

A husband and wife visiting from London were walking by the Conservancy Waters near East Drive and East 71st Street, when a mugger pushed the 47-year-old female victim to the ground from behind and stole her purse.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning at around 10:30am the police said.  

The Frenchman joined the couple who were chasing him after hearing shouts.  He caught the suspect on 5th Avenue when the thief stopped to catch his breath on a park bench, according to an account in the New York Post.   

The bag with $300 was recovered.

Police arrested Mercutio Hart-Chu, 17,  who lives on Audubon Avenue in upper Manhattan.

He was charged with Robbery.

The French officer, Stephane Rocher is assigned to the French Mission to the UN.

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New York Post - September 22, 2016 - By Tina Moore, Daniel Prendergast and Gabrielle Fonrouge           

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Central Park: Suspect Caught In Knifepoint Robbery Of Two Girls, 15


By Geoffrey Croft

Two fifteen-year-old girls were robbed yesterday near East 107th Street and East Drive in Central Park at about 6:30 pm, NYC Park Advocates has learned. 

The victims were approached by the suspect with a knife who demanded their phones. The assailant fled after robbing them. 

Police used the Find My I-Phone app and tracked the suspect to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village where he was arrested after a brief foot chase.

Mekhi Ortiz, 18, a resident of  Morningside Avenue was arrested and charged with Robbery, Threat With a Deadly Weapon and  marijuana possession. 

He has at least 9 prior arrests.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Central Park: Man Robbed Of 3 Cell Phones While Playing Pokemon Go Live - Attack Caught Live Streaming


By Geoffrey Croft

A 43-year-old man was robbed of three cell phones in Central Park early this morning while playing and streaming Pokemon Go live.

The incident occurred 12:30 am. about 100 yards inside the park near 59th Street and 6th Avenue.

The victim was walking alone inside the park when he was approached from behind and punched in the back of the head by an assailant.

The attacker forcably removed the cell phones after throwing the gamer on the ground. 

The victim told police he was playing “live” with an unknown number of players on the web and was going to go home and check on his home computer to see if anyone had been recording the action live.

The incident was captured on the victim's Twitch live stream which viewers watched in real time as it occured.   

"Look at me I'm just a lazy Pokemon player," the happy but distracted player wearing a bright yellow shirt says a moment before the attack. 

The video shows the attacker, wearing a black shirt approaching the player from the left side and quickly moving in, violently putting his arm around the victim's throat and tossing him to the ground. 

"Take it off, take it off let's go," the thief tells the victim.

"No, no, no, please, please, please,"  the victim pleads while on the ground.

A few seconds later the attacker, wearing red basketball shorts, is seen running away into the park and breathing heavily.    

About a minute later the thief is heard shutting down the devise. 

The victim told police he had purchased the three phones, a Samsung S-7, a Samsung S-7 Edge and a Nexus S-P, for the express purpose of playing the game.

"I got mugged playing Pok√©mon GO in Central Park. Still talking to police and will go to hospital soon, "  the victim tweeted out that at 2:04am using his screen name, "Rickeybot." 

A good Samaritan shouted and chased the assailant north into the park but lost him.

Minutes later the good Samaritan returned and helped the victim find his glasses.

Police have made no arrests.

The suspect is described as approximately 6 foot tall.  

“He literally just sucker punched me,” the victim said over the phone. 

“My right jaw is swollen. He clotheslined me with his fist. I hit the ground. I have a bump on my head and a scratch on my elbow.” 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Group Robs Man, 86, Walking With Wife In Central Park


By Geoffrey Croft

A eighty-six year-old man was robbed and thrown to the ground early this morning by a group while strolling in Central Park with his wife.

The couple were walking near 76th Street and East Drive at 12:30 a.m. when the group approached the couple and asked if they could spare any money according to police.

The man declined and one of the suspects grabbed him by the back of his shirt collar and threw him to the floor.

The suspect reached into the victims's backpack and stole his wallet containing $20. The thief also stole his MetroCard and ID.

The victim suffered a gash to his right cheek. He refused medical attention.

His wife, 56, was not hurt. 

The suspects fled westbound through the park.

The suspect who threw the victim to the ground is described as a male black, in his 20s, chubby and wearing a white T-shirt.

His three accomplices were also decribed as male blacks. Police provided no other description of the suspects.  

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Girl, 17, Raped At Gunpoint In Queens Park


By Geoffrey Croft

A 17-year-old girl was raped at gunpoint in a Queens park early this morning, according to police.  

The incident occurred in Detective Keith L. Williams Park near the corner of Liberty Ave. and 173rd St. at about 12:45 a.m.,

The girl said she and female friend had gone to the park with to meet several guys including the suspect.

Once they were in the park, one of the males pulled out a gun and ordered the victim’s friend to leave the park.

After her friend left, the suspect allegedly raped the teen while his friends threatened her with the gun.

Roger Rivera, 18, of Jamaica was arrested and charged with Rape.