By Pam Yoder
A top official at the 24th precinct detailed recent crimes in the precinct, which stretches from 86th Street to 110th, at a community council meeting last week. But first he had to explain a sudden change in command.
In a surprise turn of events, the Commanding Officer of the 24th Precinct, Capt. William Burke, took early retirement and is no longer the CO, said Lt. Matthew Bases, the long-time Operations Coordinator for the precinct.
Lt. Bases told the attendees at the monthly community meeting that there should not be cause for concern. “Simply because we don’t have a commanding officer at this time does not mean that we are not functioning properly. On top of having a full staff of supervisors in regards to Lieutenants and Sergeants, this is the Boro, so they are the parent command for all the commands within Manhattan North, so we have an Inspector, who is overseeing our precinct now, and was at one point in time, he was actually the C.O. of the 20th, so he’s very familiar with the precinct functions so it’s not as if we’re a ship without a rudder.”
Deputy Inspector Michael Falcon, formerly the commander of the 20th precinct, is overseeing the 24th Precinct in the interim.
“Like I said there’s a couple of names in the hopper, so we’re ready to go at any moment.” said Lt. Bases, who then went into the details of the latest statistics:
- In the 7 day period, we are up in grand larcenies – identity theft for the most part – that’s what’s driving crime here in the 24th.
- The 28 day period is up in felony assaults, +266%, which in real numbers is 11 vs 3. To-date 7 of these 11 individuals have been arrested, 3 are still at-large.
- One of the cases involved a 77 year old woman walking down the street who was approached from behind and hit with a can of soda, for no apparent reason. He did not say when and where the attack occurred.
- The precinct is down or pretty close in Grand Larcenies — no murders ave been recorded this year or last.
- Robberies were down for the 7 days, for the 28 days they are even, and for the year as well.
- There was an arrest in a shooting previously reported by West Side Rag here. According to Lt. Bases; “…This individual fled to North Carolina and was arrested. We’re waiting to have him extradited back here to New York.”
- There was an incident in the Happy Warrior Playground (780 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025), youth on youth. One youth was hit in the back of the head with a pipe, and needed 10 stitches. Perp fled in unknown direction.
- Arrests: Gregory Edwards arrested for petit larceny at the Duane Reade, upon further investigation, the perp was also found to be in possession of photocopied Consolidated Edison and Dept. of Transportation parking plaques. Also charged with forged instruments. (We have been hearing lately about fake Con Ed workers attempting to gain access to peoples’ homes.)
- Traffic collisions were down from 91 to 88.
- There was a fatality, an older individual who crossed against light and a freight truck hit him. The driver stayed on scene. It was classified as a tragic accident.
A District 3 Transit Police Community Affairs officer updated the council on activity at the stations in the district: 103rd , 96th & Bwy, 110 St & CPW, 103rd & CPW, 96th & CPW.
In the 28 day period: 1 crime – pickpocket 110 St on B and C train, approval in the room: “That’s great… That’s a miracle…”
Grand Larcenies – YTD 5, Cellphones mostly at 96th. So far great work, we have a new C.O. his name is Kenny Perez. (https://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/transit_bureau/district_03.shtml)
Police Officer Guzman reported on 3 major issues in 28 day period:
- There’s been a rise in criminal mischief in vehicles from CPW to Manhattan Ave, 96th to 100th Street. Don’t leave info like driver’s license, tax documents, credit cards. “Their whole apartment is almost in their vehicle!”
- Make sure to get your bike registered. There’s been an uptick in thefts on Columbus Ave 97th to 100th St.
- Mail fishing is a Boro-wide problem. Use a Uniball 207 pen which does not was off the check. More crime prevention tips here: https://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_prevention/crime_prevention_section.shtml
24th Precinct Community Council
President: Tom Burnett
Vice President: Oscar Rios
Recording Secretary: Lois Hoffman
Treasurer: Robert Josman
Corresponding Secretary: Lucille Michele Donte
Meetings: The precinct council meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the 24th precinct station house. The 24th Precinct Community Council has 370 members and regularly features a guest speaker who addresses different community concerns. The 24th Precinct Community Council has been very successful in bridging the gap between the Police and the community.
151 West 100th Street
New York, NY 10025
Tel: (212) 678-1811
Fax: (212) 678- 1839