As New York City ends 2021 with crime on all fronts and an increase of six percent from 2020, two more disturbing attacks took place to add to these dismal statistics.
On Tuesday, police released footage of the aftermath of an attack that took place in northwest Brooklyn.
The incident happened Sunday around 6:25 p.m., in the area of 45th Street and 8th Avenue.
A 41-year-old woman was walking with her two children when a man approached her and waved a knife.
The man then stabbed the woman in the abdomen, causing a minor incision. He then fled south on foot and was filmed while vaulting a barrier at a subway station as he escaped the scene.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition.
Police are looking for this man, who they say stabbed a 41-year-old woman in the stomach while she was walking with her two children in Brooklyn on December 26.
Police have not yet made any arrests in connection with the stabbing, and the investigation is underway
Meanwhile, the NYPD on Thursday released a new video of the assault on a 75-year-old man on Manhattan’s upscale Upper West Side.
The incident took place around noon. 02.50 on December 20 inside a Capital One bank lobby on West 72nd Street. An unknown man hit the 75-year-old from behind and hit him in the ground.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for a tear in the eye.
No one has been arrested and the NYPD is still investigating the assault.
Video footage released by the NYPD shows this man brutally assaulting a 75-year-old inside a bank on the Upper West Side of Manhattan
The victim was treated for a tear in the eye at a local hospital due to the assault. Police have not provided a motive
Total crime in New York has increased by over six percent by 2021, but assaults like those that took place in Manhattan and Brooklyn have increased by nearly 10 percent
Overall, crime increased 6.13 percent in New York City during 2020 through December 26th.
The largest increase came in gross assaults such as those previously mentioned, which increased 9.6 percent from 2020.
Murders (4.1 percent), shootings (0.6 percent), rapes (3.3 percent) and robberies (4.7 percent) have also increased this year.
The incumbent Mayor Eric Adams and the new Chief of Police Keechant Sewell will be tasked with harnessing the world’s largest police force to clean up New York City’s worsening crime problem under the lame and Bill de Blasio.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who is retiring at the end of the month, has accused the bail reform laws passed by the Democratic-dominated Legislative Assembly of the rise in violent crime.
In early 2020, the criminal law reform measures enacted by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo went into effect.
The new law has given increasing control over its rules, allowing the courts of New York to release persons who would have been imprisoned under the old rules.
The statute, which entered into force at the beginning of the year, eliminated cash bail and custody for a large majority of low-level cases and non-violent crimes.
The law also allows courts to release a person under certain conditions, such as a travel or firearms restriction.
Shea and others have argued that the new law is to blame for the rise in violent crime.
But advocates of the law say that violent crime has increased in most of the country – even in jurisdictions that have not adopted any reform of the criminal justice system.
Despite the rise in crime, Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Shea’s leadership at their last monthly press conference on crime statistics earlier this month. “I think the Commissioner has a lot to be proud of,” De Blasio said.
Shea, who was appointed to his post in December 2019, said he ‘would not change anything.’
‘I regard the work as [my executive team] did, was the glue that held the city together through one of the toughest times the city has seen, “Shea said, adding,” Obviously people make mistakes and things. “
Mayor Bill de Blasio (pictured) and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke about New York City’s rising crime at their last monthly December 8 press conference on crime statistics
Keechant Sewell, 49, becomes the next NYPD commissioner after being elected by incoming mayor Eric Adams
Sewell is pictured fifth from the right and will be sworn in as patrol deputy chief in 2017