Man, 60, is bludgeoned with a BRICK on Harlem street after confronting woman for ‘stealing packages in lobby’
- The incident took place in Harlem last Thursday at the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and West 132nd St
- The elderly victim confronted a woman and accused her of stealing package in the lobby of his apartment building situated at the intersection
- The woman, who is unidentified, left and came back with two individuals
- One of them proceeded to strike the victim with a brick and closed fists several times
- The 60-year-old man then fell to the ground and later was treated at Harlem Hospital, where he remains in stable condition
- The individual fled on foot southbound on Seventh Avenue and remains on the loose
- The bludgeoning is the latest assault in a spate of violent attacks across the city
- In the same period in 2021, 4,673 assaults were reported to the NYPD, while this year, 5,673 of them have been reported – 19.1 percent
- In 2021, 20,543 crimes in the city had been reported to police since the start of the year, whereas in 2022, nearly 30,000 of them have been disclosed
A 60-year-old man in Harlem was bludgeoned with a brick Thursday afternoon after a dispute with a woman at his apartment building. The disturbing incident was captured on surveillance footage amid skyrocketing crime in New York City.
The elderly victim, who lives in an apartment complex on the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard and West 132nd St., approached a woman in his building and accused her of stealing packages from the lobby around 3 p.m., according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).
The woman, who remains unidentified, left and came back with two people. One of them started hitting the victim with a brick and his fists in the middle of the street until he crumpled to the ground, video released this week shows.
Emergency medical services responded to the scene and took the victim to Harlem Hospital with severe lacerations; he is in good condition.
The suspect, who remains on the loose as of Wednesday morning, fled south on foot on Seventh Avenue.
After being accused of stealing the 60-year-old man’s packages in their building, the woman came back with two individuals to beat the elderly man up
One of the the two men, identified as the main suspect, repeatedly beat the victim with a brick in broad daylight until he fell to the ground
The suspect fled south on foot on Seventh Avenue. As of Wednesday morning, no arrests have been made.
The assault is part of a wider trend of rising crime that the NYPD is trying to contain.
In 2021, 20,543 crimes were reported, whereas this year, nearly 30,000 have been reported to the NYPD – an increase of 44 percent.
Crimes in nearly all categories, including felony assaults, shootings, rape and robbery, have risen in comparison to last year except the city’s murder rate.
Felony assaults have increased by 19.1 percent. In the same period in 2021, 4,673 assaults were reported, while this year, 5,673 have been reported.
Shootings are getting worse despite the state’s strict gun laws. Compared to the same period last year when 290 shootings were reported, this year’s numbers have gone up a staggering 14.5 percent – 332 shootings have been reported so far in 2022.
Last year, 354 rapes were reported over the same period as this year, 410.
Robberies are by far the most common crime in the city. An astonishing 47 percent increase has seen 3,945 robberies committed so far this year. In 2021, over the same time period, 2,680 had been committed.
The latest crime surge comes after Mayor Eric Adams last month promised a designated subway police task force to tackle crime and homelessness in stations and on trains.
Violent crime is soaring across all of New York City. Felony assaults are up by 19.1 percent, as 3,824 attacks have been committed so far this year, compared to 3,210 over the same period in 2021
The bludgeoning last Thursday came two days after a man had his neck slashed with a boxcutter on the subway in the morning. NYPD officials said the victim, in his 40s, was traveling on a northbound 4 train when he and another man got into an argument.
The other man, who is described by police as being in his 30s with ‘dark skin’ and wearing a sweatshirt, pulled out a boxcutter and cut the man’s neck before fleeing at Wall Street subway station.
Anyone with information in regard to both incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.