In a shocking incident near the upscale Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, a 58-year-old man was ambushed by two assailants in the early hours of yesterday morning. The NYPD reports that the victim was walking on 6th Avenue, just half a block from the park when the two individuals approached him aggressively around 1 a.m.
One of the criminals confronted the man, demanding, “Where’s my stuff?” referring to the victim’s possessions. Despite the victim’s brave attempt to fend off his attackers, he was repeatedly stabbed in the back by one of the perpetrators, who was armed with a sharp object.
Thankfully, the man’s injuries were non-lethal. He was swiftly transported to Bellevue Hospital by paramedics and is currently in stable condition, as reported by Daily News. In a surprising turn of events, the attackers fled the scene without robbing the man. As of now, the police have not made any arrests and urge anyone with relevant information to come forward. All tips can be submitted confidentially through various NYPD channels.
A Disturbing Pattern: NYC Parks and Recent Crimes
Regrettably, this incident is just the latest in a series of violent crimes taking place in New York City parks. Last week, a tragic scene unfolded outside Highbridge Park in Upper Manhattan, where two individuals and a dog were shot dead around 6:30 p.m.
In Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, a woman was found dead with multiple injuries just a few days prior. Shockingly, in August, another man was killed while he slept in a park situated alarmingly close to NYPD headquarters.
Violence isn’t limited to specific parks. Washington Square, a renowned Manhattan park located adjacent to the NYU campus and near the vibrant Greenwich Village area, has witnessed increasing violence. In July, a dispute among homeless individuals resulted in a deadly stabbing in this very park.
- A 20-year-old NYU student was stabbed twice in the back while walking on Lafayette St. near Washington Square Park
- Mother of two stabbed in the neck and killed during a domestic fight on Holland Ave. in Allerton, The Bronx
- The Bronx witnesses another tragic death as Jyleal Conner, a father of five, is stabbed in Mott Haven
Additionally, a Hispanic man was tragically killed while resting on a bench at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park. The suspect, a Latino teenager, chillingly admitted to targeting the victim randomly, sharing that he intended to murder “the first one he saw.”
Disturbing Discoveries: Bodies Found in Central Park
New York’s iconic Central Park hasn’t been spared from this wave of crime either. July saw a body retrieved from one of its lakes. Similarly, in the previous November, a man’s body was found suspended by the neck near the famed Naumberg Bandshell amphitheater.
Earlier this year, a 13-year-old girl’s body was discovered on the fringes of Brooklyn Bridge Park. This grim find was shortly after a doctor was found dead, his throat slashed, in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem.
The fall of 2022 brought more unsettling discoveries. A dead man was found hanging from a tree in Lower Manhattan on Halloween. Central Park also became the site of multiple body discoveries last year. While an elderly man was found lifeless in a pond, another young man’s body was found floating nearby, showing no evidence of foul play. Moreover, the death of a young Latino homeless man, initially believed to be a suicide in Central Park, was later ruled a homicide.
Mental Health Resources
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- Call 988 or 1.888.NYCWELL(1.888.692.9355)
- Text “WELL” to 65173
- Visit NYC Well for more information.