Monday, September 19, 2016

Central Park: Man Robbed Of 3 Cell Phones While Playing Pokemon Go Live - Attack Caught Live Streaming


By Geoffrey Croft

A 43-year-old man was robbed of three cell phones in Central Park early this morning while playing and streaming Pokemon Go live.

The incident occurred 12:30 am. about 100 yards inside the park near 59th Street and 6th Avenue.

The victim was walking alone inside the park when he was approached from behind and punched in the back of the head by an assailant.

The attacker forcably removed the cell phones after throwing the gamer on the ground. 

The victim told police he was playing “live” with an unknown number of players on the web and was going to go home and check on his home computer to see if anyone had been recording the action live.

The incident was captured on the victim's Twitch live stream which viewers watched in real time as it occured.   

"Look at me I'm just a lazy Pokemon player," the happy but distracted player wearing a bright yellow shirt says a moment before the attack. 

The video shows the attacker, wearing a black shirt approaching the player from the left side and quickly moving in, violently putting his arm around the victim's throat and tossing him to the ground. 

"Take it off, take it off let's go," the thief tells the victim.

"No, no, no, please, please, please,"  the victim pleads while on the ground.

A few seconds later the attacker, wearing red basketball shorts, is seen running away into the park and breathing heavily.    

About a minute later the thief is heard shutting down the devise. 

The victim told police he had purchased the three phones, a Samsung S-7, a Samsung S-7 Edge and a Nexus S-P, for the express purpose of playing the game.

"I got mugged playing Pok√©mon GO in Central Park. Still talking to police and will go to hospital soon, "  the victim tweeted out that at 2:04am using his screen name, "Rickeybot." 

A good Samaritan shouted and chased the assailant north into the park but lost him.

Minutes later the good Samaritan returned and helped the victim find his glasses.

Police have made no arrests.

The suspect is described as approximately 6 foot tall.  

“He literally just sucker punched me,” the victim said over the phone. 

“My right jaw is swollen. He clotheslined me with his fist. I hit the ground. I have a bump on my head and a scratch on my elbow.” 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Group Robs Man, 86, Walking With Wife In Central Park


By Geoffrey Croft

A eighty-six year-old man was robbed and thrown to the ground early this morning by a group while strolling in Central Park with his wife.

The couple were walking near 76th Street and East Drive at 12:30 a.m. when the group approached the couple and asked if they could spare any money according to police.

The man declined and one of the suspects grabbed him by the back of his shirt collar and threw him to the floor.

The suspect reached into the victims's backpack and stole his wallet containing $20. The thief also stole his MetroCard and ID.

The victim suffered a gash to his right cheek. He refused medical attention.

His wife, 56, was not hurt. 

The suspects fled westbound through the park.

The suspect who threw the victim to the ground is described as a male black, in his 20s, chubby and wearing a white T-shirt.

His three accomplices were also decribed as male blacks. Police provided no other description of the suspects.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Man Arrested In Washington Sq. Park After Pulling A Knife


An East Village resident was arrested by police in Washington Square Park after pulling a knife on a pa

A police officer on foot patrol was in the park on Friday afternoon when a park patron approached and said a man had pulled a knife on him.

The man was seen riding a bike away from the park heading northbound on Washington Square West.

Ten minutes later he returned to the park where the victim pointed him out to police.

Rodney Spencer, 54 from Pitt Street in Manhattan was arrested and charged with Menacing.

The incident occured within the convines of the 6th Pct at approximalty 1:30pm.

- Geoffrey Croft

Body Found In Trunk Of Burning Car In Queens Park

Dead body found in trunk of burning car

Firefighters putting out a car fire in the parking lot of Idlewild Park near 224th St and 149th Avenue made a gruesome discovery last night.  The burnt body of an unidentified male was found in the truck. (Photo: Ellis Kaplan)


A dead body was discovered in the trunk of a burning car at a Queens park, authorities said according to a report. 

Firefighters responded to a report of a car fire in a public parking area inside of Idlewild Park around 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

After the flames were extinguished, police found the charred remains of an adult man stashed inside the trunk of the 2010 Nisan Sentra.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police are still investigating the incident.

The incident occurred within the confines of the 105th Pct.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

City Beaches Reopen Today After Tropical Storm Hermine Riptide Conditions Pass

Reg flags, indicating the water is off limits, were in place this week at the city’s beaches. The city has lifted the ban on swimming.  Although the tropical storm warning was lifted for New York late Sunday,  the riptide precautions remained in effect until today. The beaches and public pools are open till September 11th. (Photos: NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge


By Geoffrey Croft

The City’s 14 miles of beaches will reopen today for swimming after being closed this week as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine.

While the beaches remained open the public was prohibited from entering the water since Sunday due to strong riptide conditions.

For the most part the public complied with the water ban however there were a few scattered incidents.

In Rockaway, home of the city’s only designated surfing areas some surfers took to the waters despite stern warnings from NYPD and park police officers.

The city has not provided the number of summons issued for non compliance, however at least four surfers were ticketed for refusing to get out of the ocean on Sunday according to a report.

The surfers said they would fight the $ 80 tickets.

Signs at Orchard Beach, the Bronx's only public beach.

Also on Sunday a reportedly intoxicated swimmer had to be rescued by two EMTs in Coney Island near W. 12th St. shortly before 8 p.m.  One EMT dived in while her colleague tossed her the rope. They were both pulled back in. 

The swimmer was taken to Coney Island Hospital.

The city extended the beach and pool season by a week and will remain open through Sunday, September 11.  

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mother Shot In Bronx Park


By Geoffery Croft

A 38-year-old mother was shot last night in a Bronx park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

Police say the woman was with her son and his friends in Grant Park on E. 170th Street last night around 10:15 when a burgundy colored van pulled up.  A gunman opened fire into the park and struck the victim in the left shoulder.

The vehicle drove headed south down Grant Avenue.

The victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.

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Referee Assaulted In Flushing Meadow Park During Soccer Game


By Geoffrey Croft

A New Jersey man was arrested after he hit a referee in the face with a beer can during a soccer game, NYC Park Advocates has learned. 

The man became irate at a call and began yelling and cursing him out. 

He threw a beer can at the 20-year-old who was officiating the game which struck him in the face.  The victim suffered a laceration to his nose and cheek.

The incident occurred in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park on Sunday on Field # 3, near the park’s Pitch & Putt and Fountain of the Planets at 3:45pm.

A park patron flagged down a PEP park police officer on a foot post who was told that a referee was getting beat up.

“He was bleeding profusely,” said an officer at the scene. 

EMS responded but the victim refused medical treatment.

The crowed pointed out the assailant. 

Police arrested Recardo Cruz, 41, from North 7th Street in Newark, N.J.  

He was charged with Assault and Harassment. 

Cruz was released on his own recognizance and his next court date is October 26th.  

If convicted he faces up to a year in jail. 

A temporary Order of Protection was granted the victim according to the Queens District Attorney’s office

A law enforcement source said that it is not uncommon for referees to hire private security for themselves for protection while working the soccer games in the park.