Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Man Slashed in Face During Attempted Robbery In Jackie Robinson Park


By Geoffrey Croft

A man was slashed in his face last night during an attempted robbery in Jackie Robinson Park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
The 45-year-old victim was walking to the bathroom in the park while counting money when he was approached by five males and one female who demanded the money. 

The victim refused and the assailants punched him several times, knocking him to the ground.

Once on the ground he was slashed on the left side of the face with a knife.

No property was removed.

The victim was taken to Harlem hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident occurred last night at 5:30 p.m. in the park near West 152nd Street and Broadhurst Avenue.

Tompkins Square Park Scissor Stabbing - Victim In Critical Condition


By Geoffrey Croft

A 25-year-old male is in critical condition after being stabbed several times with a scissors by a homeless man with a long criminal history, NYC Park Advocates has learned.  

The incident occurred yesterday at 2:45 p.m in Tompkins Square Park by the chess tables and homeless encampments near seventh Street on southwest corner of the park.

Emerson Whitmore, 51 and Sarah Wilson, 36, approached the victim inside the park yelling, wheres my stuff?. 

Whitmore stabbed the victim several times in the chest and back with a pair of scissors. 

When he fell to the ground,  Wilson kicked the victim several times.

When a 23-year-old good samaritan tried to break up the assault, Whitemore tried to stab her with the scissors.

The assailants fled with eyewitnesses in purist.

Police spotted the chase and joined in and arrested the two. 

The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

Emerson Whitmore was arrested for 3 felony Assault charges, Menacing, and Criminal Possession Of A Weapon.

He has at least 31 prior arrests dating back to 1982.  

Sarah Wilson was charged with Assault 2. She has at least six prior arrests. 

Whitmore lives at a nearby mens shelter.  Sarah Wilson lives at the Isaac T. Hopper House, a woman’s shelter run by Women’s Prison Association.  

Last Monday, July 11th, a freelance journalist was attacked while filming a homeless encampment in the park. 

Two homeless men punched the 36-year-old victim several times.  They tackled him causing him to drop his phone.

They grabbed his phone and broke it.

Homeless Attack Man Filming In Tompkins Square Park


By Geoffrey Croft

A  36-year-old freelance journalist was attacked last Monday, July 11th,  filming homeless people in Tompkins Square Park,  NYC Park Advocates has learned. 

The victim told police he was video taping quality-of-life issues inside the park using his i-phone video for his blog.
He was filming a group in a homeless encampment and they asked him to stop around 10:50 p.m. 

Two homeless men tackled him causing him to drop his phone. They punched him several times and they grabbed his phone, and broke it.

Police are trying to retrieve the video from the broken phone but the phone is in poor condition and is not backed up on a cloud.

No arrests have been made. 

Yesterday two homeless people attacked a man in the park near the same location.

The victim was stabbed several times with a pair of scissors.  

He was transported to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pokemon GO Robbery In Central Park


By Geoffrey Croft

A tourist from New Hampshire was robbed in Central Park on Saturday night while playing Pokemon GO, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The 21-year-old victim had been playing Pokemon GO  while siting on the Andrew Haswell Green bench near East 102nd St and East Drive when he got up and started walking southbound down a path.

He was approached by two men who pushed him down from behind as he held his i-phone in his hand.

One of the assailants said, “I have a gun” give me your stuff.” 

The thieves took his wallet and i-phone along with a backpack.  They tossed the victim’s backpack without taking any  addional property.

One of the perps said, “Don’t remember us," before fleeing with the phone and the wallet.

Police used the tracking device app in the phone and caught up with the suspects a half hour later in White Playground, on E. 106th Street, btw. Lexington & 3rd Avenue according to police.

The victim identified the two robbery suspects at the scene.

Bryan Matz, 37, of Queens, and Camacho Navla, 18,  a homeless male were arrested and charged with Robbery.   

The two were in possession of the stolen phone and wallet. 

No gun was found and the assailants never displayed a gun but made the threat of a gun.

The robbery was first reported - sans Pokemon Go details - on Monday morning.

Hordes of seemingly distracted cell phone users have descended on several park locations.  The Pokemon GO craze has people chasing and catching the virtual creatures from their mobile devises hidden throughout several city parks including Central and Union Square Park.

YouTube video shot on Friday night  titled, “stampede” shows a large group of people rushing into Central Park at 11:oopm after the rare and illusive, “Vaporeon” had been allegedly found.

The video has attracted millions of viewers.  (Don’t miss the classic narration that accompanies the 41 second clip)

The New York Times produced in short video filmed in Central Park. 

There have been numerious reported crimes since the Pokemon Go craze was recently launched world-wide. 

In Missouri eleven teens were lured to secluded areas and robbed playing Pokemon GO. 

In a Illinois suberb a pair of teenage brothers were robbed at gunpoint.

A teen in a Chandler, AZ park had his phone taken and thrown into a pond after he falsy claimed as a prank he had found a rare Pokemon when he hadn't.

In Manchester, England three students were reportedly robbed in a park at knifepoint of their mobile phones while playing Pokemon Go.  

Numerous municipalities have issued warnings of the dangers of using the phone app. who point out the need to being aware in your surroundings while in public. 

Read More:

A Walk In The Park - July 18, 2016 - By Greoffrey Croft

Man Robbed In Central Park On Park Bench - Suspects Apprehended


By Geoffrey Croft

A parkgoer siting on a Central Park bench was robbed Saturday night near the location where another victim was robbed at gunpoint earlier in the day, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The 21-year-old male victim was approached by two males who stated they had a gun. 

They demanded his property and pushed him down.

They removed his wallet and i-Phone.

Police used the tracking device in the phone and caught up with the suspects at E. 106th Street and Lexington Avenue. 

Bryan Matz, 37 of Queens and Camacho Navla, 18, were apprehended and charged with robbery.  

Police say the assailants did not have a gun.

The incident occurred at 6:50pm at 106th Street and 5th Avenue a few blocks away from the location where a 23-year-old was robbed at gunpoint by three men early Saturday morning.

Read More:

A Walk In The Park -  July 18, 2016 - By Geoffrey Croft  

Update: Central Park: Man Robbed At Gun Point By Three Teens

Surveillance photos of the individuals from inside Central Park were released by the police.


By Geoffrey Croft

A 23-year-old riding a bike in Central Park was robbed early Saturday morning, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The victim was stopped by three male black teens who displayed a gun according to police.  

The assailants removed his backpack which contained a wallet, drivers licence, debit card, and sixty dollars in cash.

The incident occurred inside the park near 106th street and the East Drive at 12:50 am.

No arrests have been made.

Later in the day another person was robbed a few blocks away in the park.

Police apprehended those suspects who are not connected to the earlier robbery. 

Anyone with information in regards 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).  

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Three Injured By Fallen Tree On Queens Parkway

The Jackie Robinson Parkway in Queens is wrecked thanks to a fallen tree injuring three. No fatalities were reported — the injured were taken to Jamaica Hospital.
Three people were injured by a fallen tree on the Jackie Robinson Parkway yesterday.  (Matthew Wegner via YOUTUBE)


Three people were seriously hurt when a tree fell onto a car on a Queens parkway Saturday, as the city was hit with a heavy afternoon rainstorm, officials said, according to Daily News.

The car was headed west on the Jackie Robinson Parkway near Exit 4 at about 5 p.m. when the tree fell, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Photos from the scene suggested that the mishap triggered an accident with at least one other car. A tan-colored minivan was badly flattened, and a silver sedan had its front hood folded and smashed.

Fallen tree on Queens parkway injures three
New York Daily News - July 17, 2016 - By Ben Kochman