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The Week in Crime: Spotlight on Prospect Heights

Crime is up in Prospect Heights and Brooklyn as a whole.
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Crown Heights’ 77th Precinct. Photo: Google.

Crime is up in Prospect Heights and Brooklyn as a whole.

There has been a 175% increase in crime reported to Prospect Heights' 77th Precinct and a 33% increase reported to the 78th Precinct during the week May 17 to May 23, compared to the same period last year.

Reports of felony assault account for the large increase in reports in the 77th Precinct, comprising 15 of the 33 reported incidents.

Across the two precincts, there have been 49 incidents reported, including one rape and seven robberies.

During the same period last year, there were 24 incidents reported across the two precincts, including one rape and six incidents of robbery.

There have been three murders and 11 rapes reported this year in the neighborhood, compared with six murders and ten rapes reported by the same date in 2020.

Looking at the 28-day cycle, there has been a 32% increase in incident reports at the 77th Precinct and 8% increase at the 78th Precinct this year on last.

The most common incidents reported over the week-long period were felony assault and grand larceny, with 17 reports of felony assault and 13 of grand larceny. That is 16 more felony assaults and five more reports of grand larceny than the same period last year.

On May 26, the 77th Precinct tweeted saying officers were responding to a man shot on Sterling Place, and called on the public for information.

And on May 27, the 78th Precinct tweeted a photo of a larceny suspect calling on the public for help. The precinct is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information.

Across Brooklyn:

Across the borough, there have been 528 incidents reported between May 17 and May 23, according to NYPD's CompStat, including two murders in Brooklyn South and three murders in Brooklyn North. There were six reported rapes across Brooklyn, 80 robberies and 133 felony assaults.

In the headlines:

Brooklyn men Haider Anjam, 20, Ashan Azad, 19, and Danial Shaukat, 20, were arrested Wednesday on charges of harassment and aggravated harassment as a hate crime, according to the NYPD. The men were charged for allegedly yelling antisemitic statements to four people standing outside a New York synagogue, damaging a car and attacking two Jewish teenagers.

On May 21, a North Carolina man crossing the street in Bedford-Stuyesant was killed by a driver. The victim, Wayne Reed of Fayetteville, was found with severe trauma to his body at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street just before 10:30 p.m. on Friday, according to police. The driver fled the scene before police arrived.

On Tuesday, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and 67th Precinct Clergy Council "The God Squad" President Pastor Gilford Monrose came together to announce new strategic community partnerships to reduce gun violence in Brooklyn. At a press conference at Bed-Stuy's Restoration Plaza Gonzalez said the City could not "arrest our way out of the problem" of increasing gun violence, adding "we have to allow public-led safety initiatives to flourish."

A 24-year-old woman fought off a stranger who tried to rape her after following her into her Brooklyn apartment building on Saturday, police said. The woman was walking into her home near Rogers Ave. and Beverly Road in Flatbush when a person lurking in the dark followed her inside.

Bensonhurst resident Joseph Russo has been charged with hate crimes in relation to three anti-Asian attacks that occurred in April and March. On Thursday, the 29-year-old was arraigned on a 19-count indictment, charged with assault as a hate crime, menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment in connection with three separate incidents in which he allegedly violently assaulted two Asian women and an elderly Asian man, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced.

BK Reader's crime tracker has the latest information and statistics on crime and policing in the borough.


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