By Carol Tannenhauser
Two men had their bicycles stolen by gun-wielding thieves this month, in the same Upper West Side vicinity, in what the New York City Police Department is calling a “robbery pattern.”
On March 16, at approximately 2:04 pm, a 24-year-old man was approached by three “unknown individuals” at 75 West End Avenue, near West 63rd Street. Displaying guns, the thieves took the man’s bicycle and cell phone, then fled on foot heading north on West End Avenue. The victim was not injured.
On Sunday, March 19, at approximately 2:43 pm, a 35-year-old man was approached by two unknown individuals at 50 Riverside Boulevard, between West 62nd and West 63rd, also displaying guns, who took his bicycle, then fled on it, heading south on Riverside Boulevard. Again, there were no injuries.
The above photograph is from the first incident.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.
In the broad daylight. Welcome to the new normal.
If we want such strict gun laws in this city, why are we not increasing the punishment on illegal guns?? I asked a police officer about this and he said that gangs give guns to their younger (minor) members so that they do not get a harsh punished. We need to stop this cycle! Guns are a problem, but illegal guns are even worse. This is NOT OK. Please vote for our safety, I’m so sick of all of this!
The perception that crime has skyrocketed since the pandemic is propaganda, fueled by a police department afraid of being defunded, media outlets desperate for clicks, and a cop running for mayor.
If you have the stats to support that you should really post a link. I am guessing you don’t, since they don’t exist
Here are the NYPD numbers. Some crimes are up, many are down. Everything’sway down compared to 30 years ago.
I disagree, as I live here on the UWS, and have seen with my own eyes and experience the HUGE increase in crime since 2020.
Sure, all perception. It was my perception when the gunfire erupted by my windows several days ago.
Could be bicycle vigilantes. People are pretty frustrated by inconsiderate riders. Perhaps they were riding while using their phones (very annoying). Maybe some have gone Charles Bronson over it. At low tide you should be able to see if the bikes were dumped in the Hudson.
your head out and put it back on your shoulders. Crime like this is the new pandemic
30 years ago we all didn’t walk around with our heads down looking at our cellphones. Some listened to music and were oblivious but headphones weren’t being snatched constantly. Someone took a swipe at my phone recently. He must have been a newbie bc he missed and then denied the whole thing. Taught me a lesson though. Sometimes you have to experience things to motivate you to change your ways.
Sadly one of the remnants of covid is people now feel comfortable covering their face whenever they want to do something shady… Whenever I see a gaiter pulled up like that, I stay farrrr away.
Please deploy more cops and cameras on the UWS.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but….there’s no meaningful punishment to deter this behavior. We’ll get more of it as a result.
Exactly. Same as all the ebikes on the sidewalks, blowing through red lights and riding the wrong direction.