How the Big Apple festers: NYC man, 66, assaulted, robbed of $17K while 61-yr-old man mugs woman on subway

How the Big Apple festers: NYC man, 66, assaulted, robbed of $17K while 61-yr-old man mugs woman on subway
Rene Castellanos was arrested by the police for trapping a woman in the metro and cops have released images of the two men who robbed a 66-year-old man in broad daylight (NYPD)

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: New York City has witnessed a rise in crime in 2022. NYPD Statistics revealed that felony assaults have increased to 15% from 2021 while grand larcenies has gone up 43%. In this backdrop, two horrific incidents occurred in the city over the last week.

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A 66-year-old man was attacked in Queens by an aggressive youngster and robbed of $17,000. The old man yelled for help as he was being assaulted and dragged across the Middle Village sidewalk in broad daylight on Thursday, October 13 at 1.20 pm.

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The mugger violently kicked him on his head and forced him to leave his bag. Later, as he pulled the bag out of the old man's hand, he ran and got into a red Ford Fusion car which was being driven by an accomplice. Later, the NYPD released a picture of the two suspects to the public, reported The Daily Mail. 

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Meanwhile, the NY Post reported that according to cops, the car was last seen heading towards Eliot Avenue. The sexagenarian victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. "Thefts have become commonplace and residents need to get involved, noting the robbery happened during the early afternoon and so many people passed by. No one stopped, no one helped," said the victim's neighbors, Barbara and Rafal Farion.

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The culprit was arrested on Saturday, October 15 (NYPD)
The culprit in the subway incident, Rene Castellanos, was arrested on Saturday, October 15 (NYPD)

In another shocking crime, Rene Castellanos, a 61-year-old man, was arrested on Saturday, October 15, for trapping a 26-year-old woman for several minutes at the Rego Park subway station in Queens. Castellanos allegedly asked the woman to use her metro card and when she refused, he pushed her into the turnstile and held her there while he took away her Metro card and dropped her wallet. The suspect now faces larceny charges.

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According to data, transit-related crimes have increased 43% from 2021. The number has gone up from 1,165 crimes in 2021 to a whopping 1,670 in 2022.

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The city witnessed another chilling incident when a group of assailants chased a teenager who had just finished his shift at a Shake Shack in Manhattan, and repeatedly assaulted and stabbed him, causing him to sustain six deep stab wounds, police said.

Around 4.30 pm on Saturday, October 8, a group of six thugs, all dressed in black, including face masks, attacked the 17-year-old as he was on the subway at the corner of East 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown. Furthermore, the victim waited for the No 6 train at Lexington Avenue station when the group attacked him. One of the thugs allegedly stabbed him with a knife. Police are on the lookout for the six suspects.

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