Man on parole arrested for slashing boy during bodega robbery in police-defunded New York City

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, a 57-year-old man who is on parole for a previous robbery conviction was arrested earlier in September for allegedly robbing a bodega in Manhattan of various items and slashing an 11-year-old boy during the robbery.

The incident happened on September 8th at approximately 12:15 p.m., with police saying that a pair of shoplifters had entered the bodega located at 23 Avenue D and tried making off with a variety of undisclosed items.

Both of the suspects were confronted by a 27-year-old store clerk, who also had his 11-year-old nephew inside of the store with him that day when the incident occurred.

One of the suspects, identified as 57-year-old Hector Diaz, allegedly slashed the 11-year-old boy’s right hand during the confrontation before fleeing down Avenue D and then heading north toward East 4th Street.

The 11-year-old boy was reportedly transported to Bellevue Hospital for minor injuries and was noted at the time that he is expected to be fine.

Prior to any arrests taking place, a photo of one of the suspects was shared by authorities – which they say later turned out to be Diaz.

The NYPD’s Warrant Squad arrested Diaz at his Manhattan home on September 15th, having since been charged with robbery with a dangerous instrument. Diaz apparently hosts quite the lengthy criminal record, as he reportedly has 24 prior arrests dating as far back as 1987.

Furthermore, Diaz is still on parole for a previous robbery conviction, which that parole remains in effect until December of 2022.

The incident at the bodega at 23 Avenue D comes roughly one month after a similar slashing that transpired at another bodega in the Bronx borough.

Authorities say that on August 16th, an unidentified male suspect entered the bodega on East 163rd Street bodega near Simpson Street and began attacking a 28-year-old clerk. The suspect reportedly beat the victim with his fists and also a glass bottle, slicing the victim’s nose and left wrist.

Police say that the suspect fled in an unknown direction after the attack. As for the victim, he was rushed over to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

No arrests have been made in the August 16th attack. Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the suspect are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or visit crimestoppers.nypdonline.org to submit a tip online.

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Man attacked at ATM by hatchet-wielding man in police-defunded New York City

(Originally published August 18th, 2021)

MANHATTAN, NY – A 50-year old man was simply trying to get some cash out of an ATM in a JPMorgan Chase bank ATM vestibule.

It was a little after 5 pm last Sunday in New York City’s Financial District. As he paid attention to the transaction he was attempting on the screen, another man walked around the inside of the vestibule before approaching his victim. 

He introduced himself to the unsuspecting man by swinging the hatchet at his leg, striking him and drawing blood. What happened over the next :50 seconds was hard to watch. 

The assailant followed his victim around the lobby, swinging his weapon and pushing the man to the ground. As the video progresses, you can see the victim, who attempted to fight off his attacker, bleeding profusely from the head. 

According to the Daily Mail, he was struck once in the leg and three times in the head. The assailant then smashed the screens of the ATMs before he dropped the hatchet and fled the scene. 

“It’s crazy,” a witness said. “People were shouting and we saw the guy laying down – a lot of blood.”  

EMS arrived on the scene and treated the man before transporting him the Bellevue Hospital where he is in stable condition. 

The New York Post conducted a bedside interview.  

“‘A man was there with a hatchet and [hit] my head…and my leg,’ said the victim in Spanish.”

Police say that the attack appeared to be unprovoked and the victim did not know the attacker. They believed that the attack was random.

A little before 10 pm on Tuesday evening, a man matching the suspect’s description was smashing windows.

Police intervened in the vandalism and escorted him to Bellevue for psychological evaluation. As of this writing, no arrests had been made and it was unclear of the suspect and the 37-year old individual apprehended by police were the same man. 

It makes you wonder how long this attack would have lasted and how extensive the victim’s injuries would have been had New York City allowed constitutional carry or greater access to concealed carry permits. 

This is a developing story. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available. 

But, it is another act of violence in a city that has seen violent crime rise. 

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Residents seek return of plainclothes cops amid rising gun violence in police-defunded New York City

NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, many locals and business owners in Harlem are asking for an increase in police presence in the area, including bringing back plainclothes NYPD officers, to help combat the concerning levels of gun violence in the area.

In Harlem, the 32nd Precinct is one of the areas where gun violence has increased the most.

Shootings have increased by over 60% in the neighborhood this year compared to the same period of 2020.

Local restaurant owners claim that some of their customers have voiced concerns about potentially being shot by a stray bullet while dining on the street.

As of August 12th, 2021, the 32nd Precinct has seen 31 shooting incidents, whereas there were only 19 during the same timespan in 2020.

Alex Price, who operates the Cantina Restaurant on Lenox Avenue, is among those restaurateurs that would like to see more police in the area to help deter violent crime:

“I would feel more safe for me and my clients that we would have a little bit more police presence here.”

From 124th to 129th Street, business owners voiced concerns about the dramatic rise in shootings and crime, and what this represents for their customers’ safety.

Alpheaus Marcus, a local community activist, mirrored worries about patrons of outdoor dining establishments becoming the victims of “one of these bullets”:

“With the business establishments having outside events, the concern is one of these bullets, like we see in the city so many times, actually striking a patron.”

Marcus added that he’d like to see Mayor Bill de Blasio reinstate the plainclothes unit within the NYPD before he exits office in the coming months:

“What we want is, especially de Blasio with his last four months to stop playing politics. We want them to reactivate the plainclothes unit, because, again, these shootings are reckless and senseless.”

The NYPD’s plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit was disbanded during the summer of 2020, but plainclothes units have reemerged in the Bronx borough in recent months in an effort to curtail gang activity and drug crimes.

Local Travaulya Wallace believes that a plainclothes unit coming to help out in Harlem could be beneficial to the area:

“I do believe that there should be different type of officers in different type of clothing. Some outfits are intimidating, right? It can provoke some people to want to push against.”

Business owners along the strip running from 124th to 129th Street have also noted that a contributing factor to the gun crime in the area stems from the like of gang members and drug dealers establishing or holding down their territory.

Donnell Van Duyne remarked on that aspect impacting the area:

“In the area there’s a lot of gang violence. A lot of young kids are getting shot. Honestly speaking, it’s over nothing and it’s putting a lot of lives in danger.”

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams would like to see a full-on return of the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit, having mentioned back in April that the decision to disband the unit during the summer of 2020 was akin to throwing “out the baby with the bathwater”:

“We should not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Having a good Anti-Crime team will continue to take guns off the streets…We can do it right, we’ll get it right, and we’ll make sure our city is safe.”

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