NYC Shootings Nearly Double in 2020

December 5, 2020 Eric Klein 0

Shootings have risen nearly 96 percent this year compared to last within the five boroughs, with the NYPD reporting a 112 percent increase in November alone, according to the latest department statistics.

NYPD Crackdown in Bronx was Human Rights Violation, Says International Watchdog

September 30, 2020 Eric Klein 0

“The New York City police blocked people from leaving before the curfew and then used the curfew as an excuse to beat, abuse, and arrest people who were protesting peacefully,” said Ida Sawyer, co-author of the Human Rights Watch report. “It was a planned operation with no justification that could cost New York taxpayers millions of dollars.”

Eight-Year-Old Girl Shot at Patterson Houses

September 23, 2020 Sasha Gonzales 0

The child suffered a gunshot wound to her stomach shortly after 9 a.m. inside her family’s apartment in Mott Haven. Her mother rushed her to Lincoln Hospital, where she is recovering and expected to survive, authorities said.

Mother of Three Fatally Shot in Melrose

August 23, 2020 Eric Klein 0

At least one bullet struck Priscilla Vasquez in the back of her head as she stood with friends outside a school on East 152nd Street near Courtlandt Avenue about 5 a.m. Saturday, according to police.

Arrest Made in Murder of Trans Victim

August 13, 2020 Sasha Gonzales 0

Alpha Diallo, of Morris Heights, is charged with murder, manslaughter, and weapon possession in the fatal stabbing of Tiffany Harris, 32, who Diallo allegedly killed in an apartment building roughly a mile from her home, according to the NYPD.

Killer Sentenced to Twenty Years in 1999 Stabbing

August 11, 2020 Kevin Deutsch 0

Curtis Batchelor, 44, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of Elsa Grullon, 56, who Batchelor stabbed more than twenty times in the face, neck and chest with a knife while he raped her in May 1999, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

Stringer: Slash NYPD Funding and Responsibilities

June 4, 2020 Eric Klein 0

The Comptroller and mayoral contender called Thursday for the city to slash $1.1 billion in NYPD funding over the next four years, shifting responsibilities away from the police— and boosting investments in communities impacted by police violence and racism.

Exclusive: FEMA Says State Made Decision to Cancel COVID Field Hospital in Bronx

April 14, 2020 Eric Klein 0

FEMA, the federal agency tasked with aiding states in times of crisis, got word from the New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services that the Van Cortland Park site – along with a handful of other “alternate care” facilities contracted for rapid construction in New York State – were “no longer needed,” a FEMA spokeswoman said Tuesday.

ICE Crackdown Underway In Bronx, Across U.S.

March 8, 2020 Sasha Gonzales 0

ICE has begun an operation targeting illegal immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities across the U.S., with agents stepping up surveillance in predominantly Latino neighborhoods—including parts of the Bronx, local immigration attorneys told Bronx Justice News.

City Parks Worker Zip-Tied, Kidnapped Bronx Woman: Feds

February 23, 2020 Kevin Deutsch 0

Owen Drain, 35, who federal prosecutors said also goes by the names “White Boy” and “Tommy, worked with an accomplice to lure the 30-year-old victim into a black SUV on Nov. 19 in Parkchester before training a gun on her, stealing her cell phones, and binding her hands and feet with zip ties, prosecutors said.

NYPD Officer Charged in Armed Robbery

February 7, 2020 Sasha Gonzales 0

Michael Latimer of the Transit Bureau was off-duty when he and an accomplice allegedly entered an Allerton apartment shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, holding one or more guns on their target, authorities said.

Homeless Man Charged in Bronx Murder

January 24, 2020 Eric Klein 0

Christopher Padin, 27, allegedly carried out the fatal the Jan. 19 shooting of Matthew Jones outside a Creston Avenue apartment building, following a dispute over money, police said.

Teen Stabbed at Bronx Subway Station

December 18, 2019 Sasha Gonzales 0

Investigators are searching for a group of six young men responsible for attacking a 15-year-old boy in a Bronx subway station Saturday, leaving him with a stab wound to his chest and a knife slash to his elbow, authorities said.

14-Year-Old Shot in Fordham

November 1, 2019 Eric Klein 0

The teen was standing outside a building on Creston Avenue near East 193rd Street shortly after 3 p.m. when the bullet struck him, according to the NYPD.

Bill Would Outlaw City’s DNA Database

October 26, 2019 Kevin Deutsch 0

A proposed state law would require New York City to expunge all records stored in its municipal DNA identification index—a database that has come under scrutiny for what critics describe as illegal collection of genetic material. 

Arrest Made in 2017 Murder of Bronx Woman

September 18, 2019 Sasha Gonzales 0

Kenneth Smith, 51, was taken into custody at his Belmont residence Tuesday for allegedly killing Margarita Franco on April 2, 2017, as she spoke on her cell phone outside a Williamsbridge deli, according to police. 

Arrest Made in Death of Hog-Tied Bronx Man

September 15, 2019 Sasha Gonzales 0

Charles Votaw, 37, is charged with assault, concealment of a human corpse, and tampering with evidence in the death of the man, who was found inside a locked apartment at 2323 Creston Avenue, his body  slashed and his ankles bound to his wrists with duct tape, officials said.

Brutal Stabbing in Soundview Caught on Video

August 10, 2019 Sasha Gonzales 0

The 34-year-old victim was standing near Lafayette and Soundview avenues when the attacker knocked him off his feet about 8 p.m. Then he stabbed him repeatedly as as a group of frightened pedestrians ran from the the area, police said.

Teen Arrested in Bronx Cabbie Death

July 17, 2019 Sasha Gonzales 0

Ahvier Medina surrendered to the NYPD with his lawyer Tuesday after authorities released his surveillance photo in connection with the July 14 death of Mohammad Zafrullah, 65, according to an NYPD official.

Rape, Beating of Bronx Woman Racially Motivated: Records

June 19, 2019 Sasha Gonzales 1

Temar Bishop, 23, who police charged with assault with a weapon as a hate crime—along with rape, predatory sex assault, attempted murder, and other crimes—is accused of punching, kicking, and raping the 20-year-old victim on the roof of his apartment building on Alexander Avenue in Mott Haven on June 1, records show.