A park patron pins an "emotional disturbed person" to the ground who attacked a woman taking photos early this morning in Inwood Hill Park. Bystanders came to aid of the victim after hearing repeated cries for help. The woman suffered cuts to her face. The man was taken to North Bronx Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
woman out taking photos in Inwood Hill Park early this morning was attacked by a homeless man and park patrons stepped in and apprehended the deranged man NYC Park Advocates has learned.
Bystanders heard the woman - who police described as in her 50's - crying out for help and came to her aid and held the man until police came.
He has refused to identify himself to police.
The incident occurred this morning at 8:00am on the northwest end of the baseball fields on the path heading toward the soccer fields.
Several people posted comments and photos of the incident on Facebook.
Police and an ambulance at the scene early this morning in Inwood Hill Park.
Ms. Vasquez said the police responded with lighting speed. The first officer to arrive came in a small vehicle.
"I was flabbergasted how fast that golf cart with the officer came," she said.
The NYPD were unable to provide details of this morning's incident at this time other than to say the man was removed to the hospital as an emotional disturbed person. They added it was not a mugging.
We will update the story when additional information becomes available.
"I hope this woman is okay," said Susan Ryan who has been raising the alarm for greater security and more maintenance in area parks after her husband was violently mugged in Isham Park last June.
"This incident in broad daylight once again underscores the need for dedicated PEP officers and for security cameras in Inwood Hill Park. Inwood's beautiful parks are woefully neglected because Inwood is a poor community of color and because every elected official who represents Inwood ignores their constituents when it comes to the issue of Park Safety. The 34th Precinct's manpower is already stretched thin to begin with. In addition, the 34th Precinct has more parkland than any other precinct in Manhattan except for Central Park which has it's own police precinct. Central Park also has 31 security cameras. Seems like the wealthy get more resources for Park Safety. Not only is this totally unacceptable, it's a violation of our civil rights. What do our elected officials do about it? Nothing."
"There's nowhere near enough park workers or park enforcement," added Connie Vasquez, a sentiment shared by many in the community.
"It's bedlam up here in the summer in Inwood Hill Park on the weekends. It's disgusting. The coolers with alcohol with start arriving by 10am. You can smell the pot, and people leave garbage everywhere. No one cleans up and no one seems to be doing anything about it, " she said.
WCBS - July 6, 2013