A 27-year-old man was stabbed during a botched robbery near Grand Central Station, as violent crimes soar in.
The victim, who has not been identified by police, was approached by two men around 2am on Monday near Madison Avenue.
He sustained injuries to his abdomen and right hand and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is now recovering, police said.
After the attack, the man rushed to MTA police officers at Grand Central and alerted them,reported.
The assailants escaped without taking anything from the victim in what police believe was a botched robbery. No arrests have been made as of Monday morning.
The incident is the latest in an alarming spike in violent, unprovoked crime in the city. Manhattan precincts, in specific, have reported a 26 percent increase in shootings from last year.
Last month, lame-duck Mayor Bill de Blasio touted a shooting and murder drop according to the last statistics released by the NYPD, despite an 11.2 percent increase in overall crime.
Incoming mayor Eric Adams has pledged to bring back the NYPD’s controversial plainclothes anti-crime unit – which was disbanded by de Blasio last year amid concerns of unfair policing – in an effort to combat soaring crime.
The victim, who has not been identified by police, was approached by two men around 2am on Monday close to the Grand Central subway station on Madison Avenue
The assailants escaped without taking anything from the victim in what police believe was a botched robbery attempt. No arrests have been made as of Monday morning
Incoming mayor Eric Adams (left) has pledged to bring back the NYPD’s controversial plainclothes anti-crime unit – which was disbanded by de Blasio (right) last year amid concerns of unfair policing – in an effort to combat damming crime reports
Just a day before the attack on Monday, a subway rider died from his injuries after he was randomly stabbed in the neck while commuting.
Up-and-coming soccer player Akeem Loney, 32, was attacked while he slept early on Sunday morning as the train was coming into Penn Station at around 12.15am.
Loney was lying down or napping on one of the subway seats at the time of his fatal attack. He was taken by EMS to Bellevue Hospital where he died from his injuries an hour later.
His attacker was seen on surveillance cameras and could be seen running out of the station.
The NYPD is now asking for the public’s help in attempting to hunt him down.
On Saturday, a man was hospitalized after being slashed across his face in a subway station. The victim was headed southbound on the A train in Greenwich Village.
The train was stopped at the West 4th Street – Washington Square Station in Manhattan. A suspect has not yet been identified.
The spike in overall lawlessness comes as the city grapples with an increase in visible, violent crime, including horrific subway and street attacks that have left New Yorkers terrified.
The latest New York City crime statistics shows overall crime is up year-over-year
According to the NYPD’s latest monthly numbers, overall crime was up 11.2 percent last month compared with October 2020
Earlier in November, a man wearing a grinning mask inspired by the film The Purge attacked a stranger on the street with an ax. The 51-year-old victim was taken to a nearby hospital with a deep cut in his arm.
Days later, a man threw a Molotov cocktail into a Brooklyn bodega after an argument with employees. The workers escaped as the arsonist was about to throw a second one, but he was stopped by a witness.
From the week of November 8 to November 14 – the latest data released by NYPD -, transit crimes skyrocketed by 140 percent from the same week in 2020.
In the last 28 days, transit crime went up 45 percent from the same period last year, with 186 crimes reported.
Overall crime was up 11.2 percent last month compared with October 2020. Robbery was up by 15.8 percent and felony assault rose by 13.8 percent.
Meanwhile, gun violence in the borough has significantly increased, with 28 percent more shootings reported this year as compared to last, according to police data.
Mayor de Blasio this month blamed the courts for New York City’s skyrocketing crime numbers as he touted a small decrease in the murder rate while ignoring an 11 percent jump in overall crime over October 2020.
Akeem Loney, 32, was attacked while he slept early on Sunday morning as the train was coming into Penn Station at around 12.15am
New York City police are searching for a man (pictured) who fatally stabbed Loney in the neck while riding the subway early Sunday
The suspect, who was captured on surveillance footage covered in the victim’s blood, stabbed the 32-year-old straphanger in the neck on the No. 2 train before fleeing the scene
‘In this city, real change is happening. We’ve got more to do for sure but real change is happening,’ de Blasio said in a press conference. ‘It’s about precision policing, it’s about neighborhood policing, these approaches work.’
De Blasio had priorly defended ‘neighborhood policing’ and his decision to disband the plainclothes anti-crime unit, which has been involved in several highly-publicized police shootings.
‘Commissioner Shea, who has been at this work now for, you know, most of 30 years, he felt that the unit as constructed was not only creating a disconnect with communities, and ill will and some bad incidents,’ de Blasio said on WNYC’s ‘The Brian Lehrer Show.’
He continued: ‘He thought it was also not the best way to get guns off the street and the best way to have successful prosecutions. And he wanted more of those officers in uniform, same talented officers, doing the work a different way. That happened and gun arrests have gone up, up, up.’
However, Eric Adams, who will take office next year has pledged to bring back the unit.
‘That’s an indictment on us that we have to disband something because the people assigned aren’t doing their job. How about saying, ‘You’re going to do your job’? Because if that officer is abusive in a plainclothes assignment, he’s going to be abusive in uniform,’ he said in November.
‘No police commissioner is going to tell you, you can’t police in the city without having some form of plainclothes unit,’ he added.
Eric Adams has said he will announce his police commissioner after Thanksgiving.
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