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The Week in Crime: Spotlight on Prospect Heights

Crime is down in Prospect Heights, but up in Brooklyn as a whole.
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Brooklyn’s 77th Precinct. Photo: Google Maps.

Crime is down in Prospect Heights, but up in Brooklyn as a whole.

There has been a 29.4% increase in crime reported to Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct, but a 31.2% decrease reported to the 78th Precinct during the week Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, compared to the same period last year.

Across the two precincts, there have been 33 incidents reported, including three robberies and six felony assaults. During the same period last year, there were also 33 incidents reported across the two precincts, including four robberies and eight felony assaults.

There have no murders or rapes reported this year in the neighborhood.

Looking at the 28-day cycle, there has been a 38% increase in incident reports at the 77th Precinct and a 52% increase at the 78th Precinct this year on last.

The most common incident reported over the week-long period was grand larceny, with 13 reports. That is two less reports of grand larceny than the same period last year.

On Jan. 11, the 77th Precinct tweeted the photo of a man who shot a 19-year-old in the chest on Fulton St. The precinct is calling on the community for information.

On Jan. 13, the 78th Precinct tweeted the photo a gun officers recovered after making an arrest.

Across Brooklyn:

Across the borough, there have been 590 incidents reported between Jan. 3 through Jan. 9, according to NYPD’s CompStat, including three rapes in Brooklyn North and five rapes in Brooklyn South. There were 69 reported robberies and 117 felony assaults.

In the headlines:

A 46-year-old man, a 40-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were inside the E&R Rental Hall on E. 92nd St. near Remsen Ave. in Canarsie at 3:45 a.m. when someone pulled a gun and blasted away, hitting the oldest man in the head. The other two men suffered minor gunshot wounds to the legs. The woman was also shot in the calf, cops said. But instead of calling police right away, she went home to East Flatbush and called 911, authorities said. Police called to the catering hall found the wounded men. EMS rushed all three to Brookdale University Hospital, where the oldest victim remained in critical condition.

A prisoner is on the run after escaping from a Brooklyn hospital Wednesday morning. The NYPD says they arrested 21-year-old Akeem Williams around 8:30 a.m. for a robbery. Officers took Williams to Brookdale Hospital in the Brownsville section after he began complaining of chest pains. Police say Williams was cuffed behind his back, but he somehow managed to bring his hands forward and escape the emergency room.

A 14-year-old was punched in the face on the subway earlier this week in a possible hate crime targeting him and his family, according to police. The 14-year-old was riding the 4 train near Atlantic Avenue station about 7:15 a.m. Monday when a man sat next to him and his two family members, police said. “I don’t like Mexicans,” the man said, before punching the teen in the face, police said.

Cops are looking for a Brooklyn rapist who violently attacked a 23-year-old woman inside an apartment building last month. Police released video footage Saturday morning of the suspect sought for the Dec. 18, 2021 attack, which occurred at about 2:14 a.m. at 1024 Montgomery St. in Crown Heights.  Just before the sexual assault, cops said, the creep had engaged in a conversation with the victim on the streets. She eventually invited the suspect into the building, and he followed her inside.


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