Reports of rape in the Bronx have surged during the first weeks of 2019, even as overall violent crime totals in the borough continue to fall, NYPD data shows. There were 64 documented reports of rape in the Bronx as of Feb. 17–the last date for which official statistics are available–representing a 64 percent increase from the 39 rapes reported during the same period last year, according to NYPD Compstat data.
A 56-year-old man was shot in the eye as he looked through his front-door peephole Saturday morning—the second time a gunman has used the method in recent months, authorities said. Police are still looking for the shooter, who fled after firing into the victim’s left eye.
The longtime director of a Bronx youth group was sentenced to a year in jail for stealing thousands of dollars in federal funds meant to help middle-school kids, prosecutors said. Earnestine Russell, 69, who had served as executive director of the Baychester Youth Council since the 1980s, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Bronx Supreme Court.
Straphangers expecting tax refunds instead received letters from the city’s Department of Finance explaining that some or all of their refunds had been withheld in order to satisfy judgements for offenses like “unsafe riding,” “smoking,” and “obstruction of seating.”
Authorities seized 14,000 highly-potent fentanyl pills from a Bronx cell phone store doubling as a drug stash house earlier this month, potentially saving scores of opioid users from overdosing, officials said.