A surge in violent crime continues to plague many Democrat-run American cities as the effects of left-leaning criminal reform policies play out in the streets.
For example, an attempted rapist remains on the loose after a New York City woman was brutally assaulted Friday night, the crime coming before another violent weekend in the Big Apple that resulted in dozens shot despite Mayor Eric Adams’ stated commitment to fight crime.
Shortly before midnight Friday on West 123rd St., a woman was reportedly dragged between two cars and undressed in an attempted rape, the New York Police Department (NYPD) reported. The suspect is described as approximately 5’8″ with a stocky build in his 40s.
🚨WANTED for an ATTEMPTED MURDER & ATTEMPTED RAPE: On 3/18/22 at 11:30, near W. 123 St between Lenox Ave & Adam Clayton Blvd, the suspect assaulted a 43-year-old woman before dragging & attempting to rape her between two parked cars. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or call 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/vKT6Xrx71X
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 20, 2022
In describing the attack, police told the New York Post, the suspect “was walking right behind [the victim] when you see him putting the gloves on in the video. He pounced on her right after that.” It is believed the suspect was wearing the gloves to prevent leaving evidence at the crime scene.
The unnamed victim was transported to NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem after sustaining severe head trauma from the suspect who repeatedly kicked her and stomped on her head. The suspect, who was wearing a mask during the attack, fled the scene before inflicting any more damage on the victim.
Last seen wearing black pants, black shoes, a white hoodie with colorful designs, a black face mask and a dark green baseball hat, the suspect remains at large and the incident is being investigated as attempted murder.
As of March 19, there have been a reported 333 rapes in NYC, a 34.8 percent increase over the same period in 2021. The Daily Mail provided NYPD crime statistics that also show a 17.2 percent increase in felony assaults, a 43.5 percent increase in robberies, and a 105 percent increase in automobile theft.
Overall, crime has increased by 45.37 percent compared to the same period last year and data does not reflect the most recent weekend that saw 29 people shot in 24 different incidents across the five boroughs.
More than 2 dozen shot over violent weekend in NYC: cops https://t.co/aGBXh1muiW pic.twitter.com/OIjo4ttsVl
— New York Post (@nypost) March 21, 2022
The surge in crime does not appear to be slowing as Mayor Adams (D) continues rolling out measures intended to address the “very serious” crime problem as viewed by nearly three-quarters of NYC voters.
This wave of shootings followed the activation of the anti-gun unit which is a reworking of the previously disbanded anti-crime unit. This Neighborhood Safety Team is intended to help get illegal guns off the street to quell the surging violence. Adams is expected to make a formal announcement about the unit Monday afternoon.
Similarly, a wave of stabbings had followed the announcement of Adams’ new “Subway Safety Plan” meant to address the continued violence throughout the transit system. That plan calls for mental health workers to accompany uniformed police officers to provide resources to the homeless in the subway system, especially at the end of the line stations.
Crime throughout the subways has risen 73.3 percent with 182 incidents occurring in February, which is when Adams’ introduced his safety plan. As Joseph Burachio, a dry cleaner from Queens put it, “Crime rates are elevated. Crazy is elevated. Something needs to change. Juveniles are getting away with murder and people don’t feel safe. Go on the subway and you’re taking your life in your own hands.”
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