The 24th Precinct had four shootings this month, according to Inspector Nancy Barry and the CompStats (http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/cs024pct.pdf). The precinct is working with Housing Police and Narcotics.
· A homicide in the Douglas Houses (875 Columbus Avenue) on September 17. Victim Jose Gonzalez found in apartment by home attendant with bullet hole to his head. Detective squads working very hard to make an arrest
· Shooting in the Douglas Houses (840 Columbus Avenue) on September 28, 11:30 pm. Corner of West 100 & Amsterdam.
· Victim shot three time when a group of people were having a dispute. No arrest made as of October 17.
· Shooting October 15, 12:30 am at 88th & Amsterdam. Victim Javier Rodriguez is in critical condition in the hospital.
Rapes (SVU investigating both)
An arrest was made by Housing Police for a rape that occurred in the Douglas Houses, when a woman entered the elevator. A man approached and grabbed her. She screamed and drew attention to the situation. Police arrested the suspect and he's still in jail.
The second rape was by a man the woman met and had drinks with. She believes she was drugged. No arrest has been made.
Crime increased overall
Two arrests were made for gun possession. In one case, a police officer took a loaded .38 gun off a repeat offender on the street
Following up grand larceny on supermarkets, police were able to make two arrests and have identified another person. This was a "pick team" that targeted the elderly. With a picture of another suspect, another arrest is expected. Police are closing in on some of these patterns, making good progress
Three transit patterns have been identified in which cell phone were snatched on the train. Police have a repeat offender identified and have his picture, so he should be apprehended shortly.
The 28 and 24 precincts shared a crime spree by a 14-year-old who perpetrated what is called a chain snatch - two incidents in 28 Precinct, two incidents in the 24. A picture of the suspect led to an arrest, with the help of his school principal. Another suspect, 16 year old, will be arrested soon
Assaults were also up to 12, but the good news is that arrests have been made for 9 of them. Three, including the shooting listed above, are still open. Three were domestic violence. Pay attention to what’s happening with your friends!
Of the others, one was a friend who swung a bat – some friend! The assailant is known to the police from other incidents.
Also an increase in car break-ins for which an arrest was made while the crime was in progress on Riverside Drive. Around midnight, officers arrested three juveniles.
As always, people who left bags and pocketbooks unattended had their property stolen, this month in restaurants at the lower end of Broadway (McDonald's, pizza parlor.) A man and woman were caught on video so police expect to make an arrest. Listen up, people: Do not leave bags unattended
Farther north of our precinct, people are jumping out in the woods at people on bikes.
In 24th Precinct, a teen member of the team stole unattended property at the soccer fields; he was arrested.
Below the 24th Precinct, robbery occurred on Riverside Drive and 83rd Street. A 70-year-old man was assaulted by four teens who took his wallet and phone and threw rocks at him.
The precinct has asked for and gotten additional help. Officers are being deployed in and around the area. They are giving the neighborhood a Scooter Taskforce, so you may see police on scooters. The Scooter Taskforce will be going up and down Riverside Drive. Because of the spike in crime, on Wednesdays and Fridays, you will see anywhere from 15 to 25 uniformed police on Broadway from 86th up to 110th and also on Amsterdam and in other areas.
Inspector Barry said the NYPD are still looking for the autistic boy, Avonte Oquendo, who has been missing since October 4. Flyers are located here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Avonte-Home/414437158656906?sk=photos_stream. NYPD is asking for anyone's help. If you’ve seen seen him please contact the detectives.