As gun violence and murders spiral out of control in New York City amid BLM riots and the decision to disband the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime units, the city’s crime spree has reached the Upper East Side – home to billionaires and mere multi-millionaires alike.
According to Fox News, the 19th Precinct – which oversees the Upper East Side between East 59th Street and East 96th Street – is “one of the most densely populated residential areas in Manhattan.”
And now, it appears The Purge has encroached on the upscale neighborhood – with robberies soaring 286% vs. the same period last year with 27 robberies – 20% of which were at gunpoint.
Three gunpoint robberies were reported over a one-hour period just last weekend – a group of four people struck on East 73rd Street, then downtown at East 65th Street before moving uptown to East 86th Street, police said. –Fox News
YTD the 19th Precinct had seen 14 robberies at gunpoint vs. just four in 2019.
According to Fox, a group of four teenagers hit several victims in the span of an hour on Saturday evening – with the first incident occurring at approximately 9:30 p.m. when the four approached a 45-year-old man near East 73rd Street and York Avenue, flashed a gun and robbed him of his cell phone before running away.
Approximately 40 minutes later the four robbed an 18-year-old man of his wallet approximately one mile, or 11 blocks, from the first victim in the area of East 65th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Minutes later, at 10:20 p.m., they struck again – this time accosting a man and a woman, both 22-years-old, who said they were robbed at gunpoint in the Central Park footpath near East 84th Street and Fifth Avenue. The woman’s cellphone was taken.
Three of the teenagers – two 16 and one 17-years-old, were arrested in connection with the spree and charged with first-degree robbery. A loaded gun was recovered from one of the suspects