New York City crime continues to gain momentum as brutal mugger recorded stealing $17,000 from old man
The rotten Big Apple: NYC crime wave continues as brutal robber steals $17,000 from man, 66, after dragging him across Queens sidewalk – and woman trapped and robbed in subway turnstile
- Crime escalation in New York City is on full display as videos show a 66-year-old man being robbed in broad daylight and a woman trapped in a turnstile
- Both incidents were videotaped and released by police as they attempt to warn residents about the criminals
- The 66-year-old was robbed of $17,000 when a man dragged him across the street for the bag of money, before punching him until he let go
- A woman was trapped in a Queens turnstile by a man who robbed her of her subway ticket on October 11, but Rene Castellanos was charged on Saturday
- Transit-related crimes have increased by 43 percent in the past 12 months, while major thefts have increased by a whopping 43 percent
A brutal robber was filmed dragging an old man through the streets, while another locked up a lady in a subway turnstile to steal her subway ticket — in New York City’s latest crime wave.
The 66-year-old man, who was attacked in Queens on Saturday, was robbed of $17,000 when a violent man beat him for the bag of money.
He was kicking and screaming ‘help!’ carried away. across the Middle Village sidewalk as the two struggled over the bag in broad daylight.
The robber eventually stamped on the man’s head and punched him repeatedly in the face, forcing him to let go of his money.
The thief then ran and jumped into a red Ford Fusion, which police say was being driven by an accomplice.
Police have released footage of the two men robbed a 66-year-old man of $17,000 in broad daylight by dragging him across the street and beating him for money
A suspect ran forward and punched the man before dragging him down the sidewalk – but the 66-year-old held on to his money for as long as he could
When the man saw that the man did not give up the money easily, the brutal robber began to repeatedly punch the man in the face until he let go
The thief then fled with the money and jumped into a red Ford Fusion, which was being driven by an accomplice
Police also released photos of the two in an effort to warn other city residents and bring the beaten man to justice.
The NYPD also arrested a man on Saturday who was caught on camera locking a woman in a subway turnstile and forcing her to turn over her subway ticket.
Rene Castellanos, 61, held the 26-year-old woman for several minutes at the Rego Park tube station in Queens on Oct. 11.
Police allege that Castellanos first asked the woman to use her metro card, but when she refused, he forced himself into the turnstile and grabbed her wallet.
Then he took the subway card and dropped the wallet. While the charges against Castellanos are sealed, he is reportedly facing charges of theft.
This latest subway incident comes as crime in the city has increased by more than 31 percent from last year.
The driving force behind the increase is a more than 35 percent increase in the number of robberies and a 32.4 percent increase in the number of burglaries.
Rene Castellanos, 61, locked a woman in a subway turnstile before demanding she flip her subway ticket
When the woman refused to turn it over, Castellanos entered the turnstile and grabbed her wallet before taking the metro card and throwing the wallet on the floor
Crime in New York City is rampant, totaling 31.8 percent more than last year, and robbery at a shocking 35.5 percent
The crime rate is also up 15 percent from last year, while major thefts are up a whopping 43 percent.
But Mayor Eric Adams fled the crumbling city in late September to visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, which he calls New York’s “sixth borough.”
According to police data, the number of crimes related to public transport has increased by 43 percent in the past 12 months, in addition to a 16 percent increase in assault charges.
Last year there were 1,165 crimes reported in the urban transport system, compared to 1,670 this year.