Ginia Bellafante, New York Times 12:03 pm PST, Saturday, March 9, 2019 Two boys were arrested and charged with aggravated harassment in Queens for allegedly drawing swastikas on a school playground. Two boys were arrested and charged with aggravated harassment in Queens for allegedly drawing swastikas on a school playground. Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Two boys were arrested and charged with aggravated harassment in Queens for allegedly drawing swastikas on a school playground. Two boys were arrested and charged with aggravated harassment in Queens for allegedly drawing swastikas on a school playground. Two 12-year-olds drew swastikas on a playground. Is that a hate crime? 1 / 15 Back to Gallery NEW YORK — At some point during the winter break last month, someone covered the playground of a public school in the Rego Park section of Queens … [Read more...] about Two 12-year-olds drew swastikas on a playground. Is that a hate crime?
The gunman seen on video firing shots into a crowd on a Bronx sidewalk as a child wearing a backpack walked nearby and as other terrified bystanders rushed to take cover was arrested, police announced Friday afternoon. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that a 16-year-old is in custody in connection to the incident and it is expected he will be charged as an adult. Although the incident is still being investigated, Shea said police believe the motive is gang-related. The shooting took place round 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 when the suspect walked up to a 19-year-old man walking with a group of four other people in front of 115 Gerard Ave. in Concourse a and fired three rounds, police said. Top Tri-State News Photos No one was hit, but the gunshots sent the crowd into a panic. Video shows the crowd dispersing and fleeing immediately as the gunman fired; a child wearing a backpack was walking just ahead of the crowd and also suddenly turned and fled. Additional scenes … [Read more...] about Teen Gunman Who Fired Into Crowd on NYC Sidewalk Sparking Panic Arrested: NYPD
A driver who allegedly veered onto the sidewalk to bypass stopped school buses in Brooklyn has turned himself into police, the NYPD says. Surveillance video captured two different drivers veering onto sidewalks in school zones to get around buses stopped in school zones in the borough within the course of a week. One of the drivers, Samuel Itzkowitz, 23, of Brooklyn, turned himself into police with an attorney Wednesday morning, police said. He faces charges including reckless driving, failure to yield for a school bus, driving on/around a sidewalk and reckless endangerment, the NYPD said. It wasn’t immediately clear which incident he was involved in. Top Tri-State News Photos Ted Geoghegan “Driving on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus is every kind of wrong,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Wednesday morning. “Thankfully, no one was hurt and the driver has been found and arrested for reckless endangerment and other … [Read more...] about Driver Who Veered Onto Sidewalk to Bypass School Buses in Brooklyn Turns Himself In: NYPD
New York City is seeing a sharp increase in reported hate crimes while shootings, robberies and other crimes are down. The NYPD said Tuesday that it's investigated 42 hate crimes through Feb. 4, compared with 19 at the same point last year. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says most of the incidents have been anti-Semitic in nature. Investigators believe one person is responsible for at least 10 of the hate crimes. Top News Photos: Southeast, Eastern Asia Celebrates New Year Mark Schiefelbein/AP A Jan. 15 hammer attack at a Brooklyn restaurant that killed three Asian men also is being investigated as a hate crime. Though shootings were down overall, there were 27 homicides in January, compared with 17 in December and 22 in January 2018. The NYPD is responding to an increase in rape reports by adding about three dozen investigators. Top Tri-State News Photos Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anywhere, anytime Download the App Available for IOS and Android Follow … [Read more...] about New York City Sees Sharp Increase in Reported Hate Crimes
New York -- Medical officials have determined that two immigrant sisters from Saudi Arabia, whose bodies mysteriously washed up on the New York City waterfront in October, killed themselves. Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 23, "bound themselves together before descending into the Hudson River," Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said in a statement Tuesday. The cause of death was drowning. Their fully clothed bodies were discovered Oct. 24 near the river, two months after they were last seen in Fairfax, Virginia, where they had been living in a shelter amid allegations that they were abused at home.Police said the sisters had been in Manhattan since Sept. 1, staying at expensive hotels and ordering in pairs of meals until a credit card they were using maxed out. A jogger said he saw them praying at a playground near the river, sitting about 30 feet apart with their heads in their hands, hours before their bodies were found, police said.The deaths shined a light on the … [Read more...] about Sisters said they’d “rather inflict harm on themselves … than return to Saudi Arabia,” police say