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.
Manhattan 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).
Firefighters putting out a car fire in the parking lot of Idlewild Park near 224th St and 149th Avenue made a gruesome discovery last night. The burnt body of an unidentified male was found in the truck. (Photo: Ellis Kaplan)
Reg flags, indicating the water is off limits, were in place this week at the city’s beaches. The city has lifted the ban on swimming. Although the tropical storm warning was lifted for New York late Sunday, the riptide precautions remained in effect until today. The beaches and public pools are open till September 11th. (Photos: NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge
By Geoffrey Croft
The City’s 14 miles of beaches will reopen today for swimming after being closed this week as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine.
While the beaches remained open the public was prohibited from entering the water since Sunday due to strong riptide conditions.
For the most part the public complied with the water ban however there were a few scattered incidents.
In Rockaway, home of the city’s only designated surfing areas some surfers took to the waters despite stern warnings from NYPD and park police officers.
The city has not provided the number of summons issued for non compliance, however at least four surfers were ticketed for refusing to get out of the ocean on Sunday according to a report.
The surfers said they would fight the $ 80 tickets.
Signs at Orchard Beach, the Bronx's only public beach.
Also on Sunday a reportedly intoxicated swimmer had to be rescued by two EMTs in Coney Island near W. 12th St. shortly before 8 p.m. One EMT dived in while her colleague tossed her the rope. They were both pulled back in.
A 38-year-old mother was shot last night in a Bronx park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
Police say the woman was with her son and his friends inGrant Park on E. 170th Street last night around 10:15 when a burgundy colored van pulled up. A gunman opened fire into the park and struck the victim in the left shoulder.
The vehicle drove headed south down Grant Avenue.
The victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition. Read More: Man, 24 Shot In Bronx Playground - Second Shooting In 7 Days In An Unlocked Park A Walk In The Park - June 30, 2016
With winds potentially reaching 40 to 50 mph and "extremely dangerous" ripe tides expected from Tropical Storm Hermine Mayor de Blasio announced today that city beaches will be closed for swimming on Sunday and possibly for several days after.
“We will be closing our city beaches on Sunday meaning that people can go on the beach but not in the water," the Mayor said. "Our beaches will be closed for swimming on Sunday.”
“Do not go into the water it will be very dangerous, it will be unusually dangerous,” the Mayor warned.
“We will likely be closing our beaches for swimming on Monday and Tuesday as well but we will make those announcements as we get closer and see how the storm develops.”
If you go in the water you are putting your life in danger.
The Mayor also had a message for swimmers and surfers.
"Don’t even think about it, it's going to be unusually dangerous."
The Mayor said the Police and Parks Department will patrolling beaches and "aggressively" telling people not to go in the water.
The Mayor stopped short of saying the city was going to force people not to go in when asked.
"We have not yet gotten to the question of whether we would be forcibly stop someone from going in there." he said.
"I think the Police Department and the Parks Department folks are very good at getting their point across and I think anyone who talks to one of them will get the message that they just shouldn’t go in and people will listen to law enforcement personnel, ” de Blasio said.
A Bronx man was arrested for stalking a teenage girl while she tried out for her school’s tennis team, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
The assailant followed the fourteen-year-old girl for numerious blocks from the subway station to Fort Green Park on Tuesday morning where her local school was having tennis tryouts.
Along the way he waited for her outside a store where she purchased water for the tryouts.
Once inside the park he followed her in various directions. He made psst sounds in an effort to get her attention and stared at her. The defendant watched her and refused to leave the park after two requests.
At the courts the scared teen informed a coach who took photos of the man standing right up against the fence watching the young players. He confronted him asking what he was doing.
"I ain't doing nothing," he reportedly said.
The coach told the man that these were young girls and he shouldn't be following them. He asked him to leave the area but he refused.
The stalker then threatened the coach’s life.
“Coach you made a wrong move. Save a life, save your own,” he reportedly said.
The man sat down on several benches that overlook the courts and watched the girls play.
The coach told a parks maintenance worker that one of his students had been followed from the subway. The worker notified a supervisor.
Police arrived and initially let him go but upon further investigation arrested him.
Police arrested Vladimir Joseph, 32, a Bronx resident. He was charged with menacing, endangering the welfare (of a child less than 18), stalking, and harassment.
According to the criminal complaint, these actions caused the girl, “to fear physical injury and become alarmed and annoyed.”
He was arraignment at Brooklyn criminal court and released on his own recognizance.
The incident occurred within the confines the 88 pct.
Sources say the police have arrested several people over the last few years in that area of the park. Last July police arrested a person wanted for touching himself near the tennis courts after he returned for a forth time.
The hill overlooking the courts is a popular area for sunbathers.