A 15-year-old was arrested yesterday and charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing another teenager in a Brooklyn (NYC) park earlier this month.
Police said the defendant, whose name was not released due to his age, repeatedly stabbed an 18-year-old boy in the middle of a fight inside McLaughlin Park in the Vinegar Hill neighborhood shortly before 5 p.m. May 3
The victim suffered multiple stab wounds to the torso and was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in stable condition. The 15-year-old, wearing a skeleton print sweatshirt, ran away after the bloody encounter but was caught on security cameras.
The motive for the brawl is unclear. Cops handcuffed the juvenile yesterday at 10:30 a.m. and charged him with attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Post reported.
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All the charges are mere accusations, and the people being prosecuted are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Young people are increasingly starring in New York’s gun violence as victims and perpetrators, particularly in shootings and knife attacks. On Monday, an 18-year-old teenager was shot to death as he fled from being punched and kicked in a gang beating on a Bronx (NYC) street.
The pandemic, the anti-police climate, and penal reform have been identified as factors that have spiked crime in the city. In September, an NYPD report found that recidivism among teenagers had risen dramatically over the past five years, and the number of gunmen and their underage victims had tripled.