Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Homeless Man Attacked In McCarren Park

A homeless man was attacked early Tuesday morning at 4:00 in McCarren Park.

A hundred yards away down the path on the left  - a 16-year-old was brutally attacked  in July and nearly killed by large gang according to witnesses. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge.


By Geoffrey Croft

A homeless man was attacked early Tuesday morning in McCarren Park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

Police believe the victim was struck in his head with a bottle just before 4:00 am.  He was near a picnic bench on the edge of Patrolman Stephen Gilroy memorial Field not far from the bathrooms between Driggs and Bedford Avenue when he was attacked. 

The man - believed to be in his 30's/ early 40's - stumbled out of the park and was able to walk one block before he collapsed in front of Dunkin' Donuts on the corner of Bedford and Manhattan Avenues.

Officials described him in serious condition with head trauma. Sources say he was bleeding profusely.

Due to the seriousness and type of injuries EMS brought the victim to Bellevue in Manhattan instead of to an area hospital.

Despite repeated attempts DCPI refused to provide any details. 

The incident in the park occurred approximately a hundred yards away from where in July a 16-year-old was brutally attacked  and nearly killed by large gang according to witnesses.

The teen was repeatedly stabbed and beaten.

He was saved when a park patron sitting nearby scarred off the assailants and called the police.  Three people were arrested in that incident. 

Ten days later in the park three girls between the ages of 13-16 were followed and attacked by bullies after swimming in the newly opened pool. A 13-year-old girl required surgery to repair her nose after being punched in the face from behind.

Homelessness and people drinking heavily have long been a staple in certain areas of McCarren Park.

Last year at this time It was reported that five homeless people had died in Green Point area parks over a 15 month period including three in McCarren.  

Scene of the Crime.


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