Crime is up in the 79th Precinct 45 percent (58 incidents versus 40 incidents) for the week of May 21 through May 27, compared to this same week in 2011. For the month, crime is up 19 percent (181 incidents versus 152 incidents), compared to this same 28-day period last year. Year to date, crime is 19 percent (757 incidents versus 636 incidents), compared to this same time in 2011.
On Saturday, May 26, at approximately 1:00 a.m., a man was robbed at gunpoint while walking along Lafayette Avenue. According to police, the victim was walking eastbound on Lafayette near Marcy Avenue when he was approached by two strange men. One of the suspects demanded, “Give me your sh*t or I’ma shoot you.” The victim handed over his iPod Touch, after which both men fled northbound on Marcy Avenue. Police canvassed the area with negative results. The investigation is ongoing.
On Monday, May 28, a police officer was assaulted while attempting to break up a rowdy crowd. According to police, the officer was attempting to disperse a crowd at Armstrong Houses, 329 Lexington Avenue. A 24-year-old woman identified as Tonette Rivera objected to the officer’s request. The officer attempted to cuff Rivera when at which point she punched the officer in the face, began screaming and resisting arrest. The officer sustained bruising and swelling to his face and right hand.
Six officers were injured on Tuesday, May 29, at approximately 7:15 p.m., when bleach was thrown on them during an altercation at Armstrong Houses, 315 Lexington Avenue. According to police, the suspect, identified as 16-year-old Noah Smith, had been engaged in an altercation with a woman in the building who refused to let him inside of her apartment. When police attempted to mediate the altercation, Smith reportedly threw a liquid out of the window onto the cops that turned out to be bleach. All six officers reported injuries. The 16-year-old suspect was arrested.