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The Week in Crime: Spotlight on East New York

Overall, crime is up in East New York, but down in Brooklyn as a whole.
75th Precinct, BK Reader
East New York’s 75th Precinct. Photo credit: Wikimedia

Overall, crime is up in East New York, but down in Brooklyn as a whole.

There has been an almost 23.7% increase in crime reported to East New York's 75th Precinct during the week September 27 to October 3, compared to the same period last year.

There have been 94 incidents reported, including murder, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto. During the same two-week period last year, there were 76 incidents reported, including one rape and one murder.

Looking at the 28-day cycle, there has been a 14.2% increase in incident reports this year on last.

There have been 20 murders and 42 rapes reported this year in the neighborhood, compared to 24 murders and 50 rapes by this time last year.

The most common incident reported over the week-long period was felony assault, with 27 reports of the crime. That is 8 more than reported during the same period last year.

The most common incident reported this year is grand larceny, with 762 reports in the neighborhood, 28 more than during the same period last year.

On October 7, the 75th Precinct tweeted a video of officers responding to a call of a baby not breathing. The officers drove rushed the baby to hospital and performed CPR en route. The baby was treated at Brookdale Hospital and is alive and well.

Across Brooklyn:

Across the borough, there have been 616 incidents reported between September 27 and October 8, according to NYPD's CompStat, including seven murders an three rapes in Brooklyn North and two murders and four rapes in Brooklyn South. There were 80 robberies and 144 felony assaults reported across Brooklyn.

In the headlines:

“We call on you to immediately stop requesting bail in all cases to ensure that not a single additional person is held in the inhumane conditions at Rikers,” NYC elected officials wrote to the City District Attorneys â€" including Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez â€" in a letter Wednesday, to prove why cash bail must end immediately. They cited the examples of the Brooklynite with no prior record â€" accused of stealing packages from the lobby of a building â€" who was slapped with $50,000 bail and then spent two full days on a bus parked outside of Rikers Island because there was no room for him, and the Brooklyn man with physical disabilities who tried to commit suicide in front of police, who was hit with $75,000 cash, $150,000 bond bail. When he couldn’t afford it, he was sent to Rikers, instead of being allowed to go to hospital for treatment.

The NYPD on Wednesday released frightening video of a 65-year-old woman being chased down and attacked on a Brooklyn street in an attempted purse snatching. Police said it happened back on Sept. 28, around 4:40 p.m. as the woman was walking near the intersection of Saint Edwards and Willoughby streets, right by Fort Greene Park. Surveillance video shows an unidentified suspect ride up on a bicycle, dismount and immediately begin to run after the woman, chasing her down the block and into the middle of the street.

Police arrested a 44-year-old homeless man Saturday on murder charges in a Brooklyn man’s rooftop death. Solomon Samuel, 44, was found unconscious and unresponsive on the roof of a Brownsville Houses building on Thursday night, police said. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced deceased. Samuel’s body was found about half a mile from where he lived on Pitkin Avenue.