Saturday, September 20, 2014

Madison Sq. Park Assault: Park Employee Attacked By Crazed Dog Owner While Locking Up Park


A crazed dog owner attacked a park worker attempting to lock up Madison Square Park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

Craig Russell, 60 of Manhattan reached into the passenger side of the parks' vehicle and grabbed a 52-year-old mother,  a JTP working for Parks,  and punched her several times in the face while yelling out racial slurs according to parks sources.

The perpetrator continued to hold the arm of the worker, while the City Parks Worker driven vehicle headed toward the Shake Shack stand in the park. 

The man refused to let go of the worker's arm while the vehicle took off.

The perpetrator eventually fell while being dragged which released the worker.  

He was taken into custody by officers from the 13 Precinct . 

Russell was transported to Bellevue Hospital to treat a leg injuring where he is awaiting charges by the DA's office.

The park worker was transported to Beth Israel Hospital to treat injuries to the right cheek and wrist.

Russell who lives near the park tied his dog to a park railing when a Parks Department vehicle entered the park late Thursday evening at approximately  at 11:50pm according to the complaint filed with police. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Woman Critically Injured After Getting Struck By Cyclist In Central Park ­Jason Marshall, 31

Woman brain dead after getting hit by cyclist in Central Park
NYPD examine the scene in Central Park where a pedestrian was struck by cyclist Jason Marshall, 31  on Thursday afternoon. Jill Tarlov, 59, suffered severe head trauma after being struck and hitting the ground  as she was walking across a crosswalk in the park on the west Drive near W. 63 St. around 4:30 p.m.  (Photo: David McGlynn)


The wife of a CBS executive suffered a critical head injury when she got slammed by a cyclist in Central Park on Thursday afternoon, cops said, according to the New York Post. 

Jill Tarlov, 59, who lives in Fairfield, Conn., was in a crosswalk near 63rd Street when cyclist Jason Marshall, 31, came barreling along West Drive and yelled for her to get out of his way, law-enforcement sources said.

Tarlov, whose husband Michael Wittman is a senior vice president at CBS, was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was declared brain dead, sources said.

Marshall, an accomplished baritone saxophone player, was riding on a $4,000 Jamis Eclipse racing bike when he spotted the woman in the crosswalk at an intersection controlled by a traffic light, sources said.

“He was riding in the car lane and yelling: ‘Get out of the way! Get out of the way!’” one source said.

It was unclear who had the light, but Marshall — who remained at the scene — “admits to being in the wrong lane,” the source added.

A family member said that Marshall was taken to the hospital.

Cops were talking to the Manhattan DA’s Office about possible charges.

Law-enforcement sources said Marshall was among a number of athletic cyclists who routinely ride in the car lanes so they can go faster through the park.

“These guys think that they have entitlement and they don’t ride in the bike lanes,” one source said.

Witness Phillip Fenton, 21, who’s visiting New York on a geography field trip from the UK’s University of Exeter, said Marshall was “speeding,” adding: “It didn’t look like he tried to stop.”

“He was yelling for her to get out of the way, but I don’t think she heard him and then they just collided,” Fenton said.

Fenton’s pal Tom Longman said Marshall was hunched over the brakeless “aerobars” attached to the handlebars of his high-performance, yellow-and-black ride.

“He couldn’t break because he was leaning down,” Longman said. “She went down pretty hard. The right side of her face looked very bad. There was blood all over her.”

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New York Post - September 18, 2014 - By Larry Celona, Erin Calabrese, Kirstan Conley and Bruce Golding 

WCBS - September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jogger In Forest Park Robbed

Police released these images of the suspect wanted in Tuesday night's robbery of a 28-year-old jogger in Forest Park. The woman managed to excape after he tried to grab her from behind.

Police are hunting for a man suspected of mugging a woman who was jogging Tuesday evening in Forest Park, police said according to DNAinfo.
The park has been a focus of daily police patrols in the wake of the six sexual assaults that took place there from 2011 to 2013. Investigators have linked the attacks to one man. This week's mugging brings the number of robberies in Forest Park to at least three this year, according to NYPD statistics.
The 28-year-old victim in Tuesday's robbery, who lives in Richmond Hill, told investigators that she entered the park for a run near Myrtle Avenue near 111th Street, police said.
The woman was running on the main path around 6:15 p.m. when she passed a man who looked at her. She told police that she grew suspicious because he was wearing a long-sleeve gray shirt and baggy blue jeans instead of jogging clothes.
The woman told police that the man then ran up to her from behind and grabbed her by the mouth. When she began to scream, he stole her headphones and fled, police said.
Police described the suspect as being in his late 30s or early 40s, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-8, balding with blondish/grayish hair on the side, thin build but with a protruding belly.

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DNAinfo -September 17, 2014 - By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska  

New York Daily News - September 18, 2014 - By Jospeh Stepansky   

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ex-Marine Arrested In Hate Assault Of Pakistani Family In Marine Park

Pregnant Shabana Chaudhry was walking to a playground in Marine Park with her two-year-old son ina stroller on Sept. 6, when they were attacked by Andrew Laina, 28, in the park's parking lot court papers charge.  He tried to grab their son and punched her husband. Laina is facing up to four years in prison for assault as a hate crime. (Photo: Jesse Ward/For New York Daily News) 


A Pakistani family was allegedly attacked by a violent former Marine during an afternoon stroll to the park — at least the second anti-Muslim hate crime in Brooklyn in as many weeks, the Daily News has learned. 

Shabana Chaudhry, 29, who’s nine months pregnant, was walking to a playground with her two-year-old son in a stroller, not far from her Marine Park home on Sept. 6, when they were allegedly accosted by Andrew Laina. 

“What are you doing in my neighborhood? Get out, Arab,” he yelled at the woman, who was wearing traditional garb, court papers charge. He then decked her husband Muhammad Rizwan, 29, who immigrated to the U.S. just a month ago, and tried to grab their son, Talha. 

“It was really scary,” Chaudhry said, adding the offender was persistent and clearly intoxicated. 

“He wasn’t fighting with anyone else, but he wouldn’t leave us alone,” she said.

 “I didn’t expect something like this,” said Rizwan, who was thrown to the ground but escaped without injuries.

Former Marine Andrew Laina (pictured) allegedly yelled at Shabana Chaudhry to get out of the neighborhood as she walked to a Marin Park playground with here family and punched her husband Muhammad Rizwan.

“It was not my intention to fight.” 

Cops responded and cuffed Laina, a known nuisance with a lengthy rap sheet.

 “I am not the enemy. They are terrorists,” the criminal complaint quoted him as telling police. 

“I am a Marine. I was in Iraq. I killed 14 people.”

Laina, 28 is facing up to four years in prison for assault as a hate crime. His Facebook page shows him dozing off while wearing fatigues and crawling in muck. The disgraceful defendant had pleaded guilty to petty crimes at least five times over the past two years, doing a few weeks in jail at most, records show.  

“He should definitely not be out on the streets until he’s safe for the kids in the neighborhood,” Chaudhry said. 

Her experience was reminiscent of what happened to Arab activist Linda Sarsour, who was also wearing a hijab when a neighborhood boozer in Bay Ridge last week spouted expletives and allegedly threatened to behead her and a colleague. The accused attacker in that incident has also been slapped with bias crime charges. 

Chaudhry said she sometimes overhears a hateful racial remark, but never experienced any violence.

 “We’ve never had a problem before. It’s safe,” she said of the neighborhood where she has lived for the past five years. 

“At least we thought it was safe.”  

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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Marine busted in hate assault of Pakistani family
New York Daily News - September 14, 2014 - BY Oren Yaniv

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Homeless Woman Attacked In Queens Park


By Geoffrey Croft

A 47-year old homeless woman was attacked this morning in Rufus King Park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The woman was in the park when a man possibly an emotional disturbed person grabbed her and punched her in the face.

Park Enforcement Patrol officers were flagged down and saw the woman in distress.     

"She was crying and bleeding from her mouth," said a law enforcement source.

The victim was transported to Queens General Hospital with injuries to her mouth and left knee.

The incident occurred at 7:00am in the park near 150th & Jamaica Avenue within the confines of the 103rd Pct. 

The man is known in the park.

The assailant is described as a black male, clean cut, medium build approximately 47-years-old wearing a white shirt, blue jean black shoes.

NYPD canvassed the area with negative results.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dolphin Found Dead On Rockaway Beach


A body of a dead dolphin was found washed ashore this afternoon on Rockaway Beach at 124th Street, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The body was discovered around 1pm.

No additional information was available at this time.

A number of dead dolphins were found in our area last year.

-   By Geoffrey Croft

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A Walk In The Park - July 1, 2013 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NYPD Issues Tickets For Prospect Park Curfew


Pedestrians in Prospect Park have been left bewildered by a recent ticket crackdown by the NYPD.

As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported, they said they were just walking through after dark when they got slapped with summons.

Geoffrey McFarlane was given a ticket and a court date for simply walking down a path in the park.

“This is the most convenient way to go,” said McFarlane, of Brooklyn, “and I was just strolling through.”

McFarlane was stopped by NYPD officers last Tuesday around 11:15 p.m. They gave him a ticket for remaining in a park after dark – something McFarlane had no idea was illegal in the part of the park he was passing through.

“It’s the first I’m hearing of it, and I’ve lived here for five years,” McFarlane said.

The problem is that near the path, there is no sign anywhere that the park is closed after dark. But around the corner, a close look reveals you can find one.

“It’s about a block and a half away, right over here, where you couldn’t possibly see it from that entrance,” McFarlane said.

McFarlane said he was with five people ticketed that night.

And it is not as simple as just paying a fine. McFarlane also has to appear in court to dispute the charge.

“A warning would be nice,” McFarlane said. “Maybe park right over here where there’s great parking spaces for police vehicles, and when people try to walk in, just let them know, ‘Hey, park’s closed!’”

The dozens of people CBS 2 saw going through the park also had no idea they were doing anything wrong. Lindsay Harrison of Park Slope said she always rides through the park on her bicycle.

“We play soccer at fields a couple of times a week,” Harrison said.

She said she had never heard of the area being closed after dusk, and added that she would be “annoyed” about the ticket.

McFarlane was feeling the same frustration.

The city Department of Parks and Recreation did not respond to CBS 2’s requests for comments.

Neighborhood leaders said police officials will address concerns at a community meeting Wednesday night.

Read More:

Prospect Park Pedestrians Baffled By Ticket Blitz
WCBS - September 9, 2014 - By Jessica Schneider