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Thursday
Nov152012

The Seventh Avenue Crime Spree

UPDATE BELOW.

If you've walked down Seventh Avenue at any point within the past week or so, you've probably noticed these signs in lots of storefront windows.

The search is on for the man who's committed a string of armed robberies in the area; reportedly the Tasti D-Lite between Ninth and Tenth has been robbed repeatedly, as well as the laundromat on the corner of Seventh and 12th.

And yesterday I received a tip from a reader about their recent experience, a separate incident:

"There have been an increasing number of robberies and assaults in our neighborhood. Last night at 1:45 am I was followed home from the Union Street stop and assaulted with a loaded gun in the vestibule of my apartment building on the corner of 7th Ave and 1st Street by a man who didn't want my wallet. Thankfully there was a man who happened to be walking down 7th Ave who saw it and heard me screaming. He called 911 and also started screaming for help; which scared the guy enough to run away. The police arrived and they actually caught the guy. Please be careful when walking home alone from the subways late at night, don't have headphones in, don't be on your phone, be aware of your surroundings. If you think someone is following you, call 911 and keep walking towards well-lit areas and other people until the police come. If you see anything suspicious, call 911. Scream for help. The only reason my incident last night was cut short was because I would not stop screaming and someone else didn't just walk by, keeping to himself. Whoever you are random passerby, thank you so much."

Be careful out there, folks! And if you have any tips about the identity of the bandit, call 1-800-577-TIPS. There's a $2,000 cash reward.

UPDATE: I just received the following email, from the man who helped save the day:

"I was so pleased to read that the perpetrator was caught after the incident on 7th Ave and 1st Street earlier this week. I am in fact the Park Sloper who came upon this attack and intervened. I had forgotten something in my office which is on Union and 7th and was walking down the Avenue when I saw this attack in progress. As the father of a young daughter, my protector instincts kicked into gear. I am glad that I was at the right place at the right time."

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Reader Comments (11)

Glad you are okay.

One question....how did you know it was a "loaded gun?"

Crime in our neighborhood is actually down this year again, but incidents do pop up from time to time. Mostly happens when people are not paying attention late at night either playing on their phone or listening to headphones.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd

I don't think there is a laundromat on the corner of 7th Avenue and 12th - was it the one on 7th Avenue and 13th by any chance?

to the reader - I'm very sorry about the shitty experience you just had - sounds really scary.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

New York city of "old" is makin' a come back.... I remember this City from back in the late 70's early 80's...

It was NO JOKE....! And they didn't wait until 1am to take your stuff either. They’ll take your Air Jordans mid-day and leave you standing barefoot on the street wonderin “What just happened?!”

Which surprises me how everyone's obliviously walking around with their iPhones on while sipping Starbucks coffee.

Enjoy it while you can because it will soon get to where you have to watch your back at every turn… During the day!

NOT FOR ONE MOMENT, do I EVER forget that this is New York City!

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

I heard and read all the same stuff in '81 when I moved into an apt on 1st and 7th.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Rodeheaver

Just Shlopin,

As I said, crime is down this year from last and last year was a record low.

Crime is down citywide over 200% from the 80's and 90's.

Your crying wolf stuff is pretty nuts. NYC is the safest large city in the country. We had fewer murders than Chicago and LA, each of which have half the population of NYC.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Tom - You're a tropper for stayin'...

Ed - Be sure to turn up your headphones real LOUD next time you're walking home late from the subway... See what happens next.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

Folks walking around and riding the subway with gadgets worth hundreds of dollars in plain sight are asking to be robbed whether theyre in NYC, LA or the rural south. Thieves/muggers always look for low hanging fruit.

But I do have to question the NYC police statistics, theyve shown themselves to pretty regularly work to block reporting so that the statistics dont necessarily accurately reflect whats actually happening on the ground

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Agree with jBob about statistics. As someone who has to frequently call NYPD to check on crimes as part of my job, I've found no official record of many of them -- though photos of their aftermath exist.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbj

Crime rates down or not, this is still NYC and crime still occurs. Walking around in a daze saying things like "Oh, this is Park Slope such a safe and well off neighborhood, crime doesn't happen here" is just dumb. Be alert, be aware and be safe, it's still NY!

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

I wondered how they knew the gun was loaded too.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdave

I feel robbed reading half of these comments.

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Original Mick

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