Bronx Muggers Stomp, Hit Man with Motorcycle Helmet


3 Thieves Viciously Beat Man for His Backpack Near PS 14 

By Dan Gesslein

BRONX– Police released a shocking video in which a trio of thugs punched, stomped and beat a Pelham Bay man with a motorcycle helmet. 


Investigators released a video of the vicious attack which took place last month in the normally quiet Pelham Bay near PS 14. At around 5 am on December 9, three men approached a 44-year-old man from behind at 3137 Bruckner Boulevard. They knocked him to the ground and began punching and kicking the man in the head.

Then at one point one of the attackers started whaling on the defenseless man with his motorcycle helmet.

The attackers scooped up the victim’s backpack and all three hopped on a scooter and drove away. The backpack contained the victim’s cell phone and debit card.

The victim was removed to Jacobi Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


Phony Cops Rob Victims in Bronx, Manhattan

Make Off with $7K Cash

BRONX– A pair of police impersonators robbed three people throughout the Bronx and Manhattan.

The first incident took place on November 24, in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood. At around 11 am, two men displaying police shields approached a 32-year-old man inside of 257 Dyckman Street. The phony cops removed the man’s bag which contained jewelry, electronics and personal items.

One of the phony cops struck again in Mott Haven on November 25. At around 4 am a 35-year-old woman was approached by a man displaying a police shield on the corner of Willis Avenue and East 138th Street. The impersonator removed the woman’s bag and cell phone. Her bag contained $90 cash, a credit card and other personal property.

The last incident took place four days later in the Zerega section of the Bronx. At around 6:35 am on November 29, the phony cops approached a 52-year-old man on the corner of Zerega Avenue and Butler Place. The impersonators removed the victim’s wallet and an envelope containing $7,000 in cash. The thieves fled in a dark color sedan. The real police released a still from surveillance video of the man they said is connected to the three robberies.

Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Bronx Boro Prez Launches Social Media Campaign to Call Out NYCHA Ills


BRONX– Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the launch of the #CleanUpNYCHA social media campaign.

This initiative aims to use social media to encourage New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants, as well local residents, businesses and elected officials to call attention to any subpar living conditions encountered in public housing facilities, on the grounds of developments and within individual apartments.

Borough President Diaz and his office will be monitoring this hashtag and reposting from these entries, in addition to following up with the proper authorities, in order to highlight the ongoing issues facing public housing residents and to help NYCHA residents across the five boroughs receive necessary and required city services.

“New York City’s public housing tenants are entitled to the same services and respect that all tenants expect a responsible landlord to provide,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

“We need to #CleanUpNYCHA because these living conditions would never be tolerated from private buildings. I encourage all New Yorkers to use this hashtag to highlight NYCHA’s failures to deliver for its residents and to push for a safer, cleaner and more livable public housing system.”

In December, there were two major incidents in which social media was used to shine a light on the unacceptable living situations facing residents in NYCHA complexes located in The Bronx.

Diaz used his own social media accounts to call attention to a neglected mountain of garbage at the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Houses and Community Center in Soundview on December 30.

The pile was a health hazard, leaking filthy liquid garbage onto the sidewalk, causing a stench which attracted vermin to the area. NYCHA and Department of Sanitation employees were on-site cleaning up within hours of the media coverage of Borough President Diaz’s social media posts.

Previously, on December 2, the borough president was alerted to a situation in the Patterson Houses in the South Bronx, following social media posts in which residents reported having no running water at their apartments.

A video posted on Facebook showed members of the community forced to line up, outside at nearby fire hydrants, to collect water for their homes. The situation was remediated following widespread media coverage and social media attention, with temporary water pumps installed so that residents had water service the following morning.

“I recently used my own social media accounts to call out the shameful situations in Soundview’s Justice Sonia Sotomayor Houses and the Patterson Houses in Mott Haven,” said Borough President Diaz. “These messes were cleaned up in a matter of hours because of how effective these social media platforms can be in spreading information to the news outlets and city officials. I want to build on this momentum by calling on NYCHA residents and anyone else who witnesses such inefficiencies to use this social media hashtag, so that we can catalog problems, act on them quickly and improve the living conditions of our NYCHA residents.”

Cops Arrest Suspect for Sex Attack on 4-year-old Girl in the Bronx


BRONX– Cops say they nabbed the perv who sexually assaulted a toddler on a subway train. 

Shortly after releasing video of the suspect, cops arrested 42-year-old Kwame Johnson of Brooklyn.

Investigators say Johnson molested the 4-year-old girl on a southbound Number 4 train near Jerome Avenue. At around 11:30 pm on December 27, Johnson sat down next to the girl in the subway car. He allegedly assaulted the child while she sat next to her mother.

Horrified, the mother confronted the man. That’s when, according to police, Johnson threatened to shoot her. The mother fled to another part of the train with her child. 

Johnson has been charged with sex abuse, harassment and forcible touching.

Bronx Weed Grow House Shut Down


Apartment Altered to Grow Weed

By David Greene

BRONX– A call for a report of live wires down led firefighters to discover two apartments in a Marble Hill building, with over 100 plants of marijuana in an apparent weed grow house.

Firefighters were called to 1 – 8 Jacobus Place at West 225 Street at just after 12 p.m., on December 27. Members of the FDNY smelled what they believed was gas, that led them to the discovery of the plants inside two fifth-floor apartments.

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Residents of the 4th and 5th floors were briefly evacuated as Hazmat crews were called and Con Edison worker’s shut off gas to the building as a precaution.

One resident told News 12 that she had told police of the situation a year ago, adding, “They didn’t listen to me.”

Fire trucks and police vehicles had the street shutdown for several hours as police obtained a search warrant for the two apartments, many residents had believed to be vacant.

In October, a firefighter fell off a ladder and was seriously injured as members fought a fire at a marijuana “grow house” in Pelham Bay.

In August, two men were sentenced in a manslaughter case stemming from the September, 2016 explosion at a private home growing marijuana in Kingsbridge. The explosion killed FDNY Chief Michael Fahy.

Police continue to investigate, but no arrests have been made.

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