New York City Hit With Violent Crimes During Holiday Season

By Naveen Athrappully
Naveen Athrappully
Naveen Athrappully
Naveen Athrappully is a news reporter covering business and world events at The Epoch Times.
December 8, 2021 Updated: December 8, 2021

New York has been hit with a spate of violent crime this holiday season ranging from multiple shootings and an attempted rape, to terrorizing apartment residents with a sword and threatening subway passengers, according to recent reports from the NYPD.

According to figures given to Fox News on Monday by the New York Police Department (NYPD), there were 17 incidents of shootings and 21 shooting victims reported from Friday through Sunday. There were also five homicides reported. Last year, during the same period, there were zero incidents of homicides and 14 shootings with 16 victims.

On Sunday night around 7:00 p.m., a street vendor was stabbed in the thigh at 50th Street and Broadway after a public brawl. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Police are looking for the suspect who they believe is a young man in his 20s, reported CBS2.

A man was wielding “wooden daggers” and threatening to kill a 46-year-old woman, reported Fox News. The incident happened Nov. 29 when the man was riding on a 4 train at the 59th Street subway station in Manhattan. He was making derogatory comments to the woman, said the police, who haven’t been able to identify the culprit.

Also, residents reported a man in a Manhattan building wandering the halls brandishing a sword. Surveillance footage captured the scene on the 11th floor of Campos 2, NYCHA building, on East 14th Street of the Lower East Side.

Residents claim the event happened Wednesday and repeated on Friday. The police have not arrested the individual, although some residents confronted the man and asked him to leave.

“He’s been at the door at 5 a.m., late afternoon. He’s going around turning doors to see if he can enter,” said Dereese Huff to WABC-TV, “They should’ve escorted him out the building or had him arrested or put him in an ambulance. He made it clear he needs medication.”

No violence has yet been reported, but tenants fear what could happen next time the man shows up. They have a problem with keeping the front door of the apartment locked, and homeless individuals have been apparently getting in and out of the building.

On Friday, NYPD reported the arrest of Tyrone Brown, 38, in connection with a rape attempt made on a woman at the 169th Street station in Jamaica Hills. The incident happened around 6:00 a.m., when the 30-year-old woman was walking out of the station and Brown attacked her from behind. He has been charged with sexual abuse, attempted rape, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to FOX5 New York.

On Dec. 2, Davide Giri, a Columbia University Ph.D. student was stabbed to death near the campus. Vincent Pinkney, the alleged killer, had injured other people in the past, but police failed to capture him before the incident at the university.

According to numbers released by the NYPD, murders decreased by 9.8 percent in October this year, when compared to the same period in 2020. But the overall crime index has gone up in the city with burglaries increasing 13.7 percent, robberies up by 15.8 percent, and felonious assault by 13.8 percent. In total, there were 10,118 crimes reported in October 2021, versus 9,095 for 2020.

Naveen Athrappully is a news reporter covering business and world events at The Epoch Times.