Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa on Friday urged the present mayor to “instantly” add surveillance cameras within the Higher Manhattan park the place three ladies have been just lately attacked inside about an hour.
“I’m calling instantly upon the mayor to permit for using the police surveillance cameras … in order that we are able to one way or the other to attempt to handle the issues that’s exploding when it comes to vandalism, assaults, muggings and rapes and tried rapes within the park system of New York Metropolis,” mentioned Sliwa at a press convention in Inwood Park, the place the trio of girls have been attacked Wednesday in broad daylight.
“I ask this straightforward query of the Parks Division and Mayor [Bill] de Blasio — we’ve got the know-how out there, we’ve got police digicam containers on the prepared. Why aren’t they being put in within the park system of New York Metropolis that in lots of situations turn into a haven for many who commit crimes and mug folks?”
Sliwa mentioned the “vandalism, assaults, muggings and rapes” have just lately been dedicated by “vandals, drug sellers, pervs” in different metropolis inexperienced areas corresponding to Fort Tyron Park and Highbridge Park.
On Wednesday, a person snuck up on a 34-year-old lady inside Inwood Hill Park about 10:50 a.m. and mentioned he needed to rape her earlier than punching her, cops beforehand mentioned. The thief stole the lady’s iPhone, Apple Watch and headphones and fled, in keeping with police.
Shortly after, cops say, the identical creep threatened to rob a 40-year-old lady strolling her canine within the park, and instructed her he needed to sexually assault her, police beforehand mentioned.
And simply earlier than midday, a person hit a 44-year-old lady on the top with a department, cops mentioned.
The person tried to drag her pants down earlier than fleeing, mentioned police.
No suspects have been arrested after the three disturbing park assaults.
In response, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents Inwood and surrounding neighborhoods, mentioned de Blasio ought to add 25 extra cops in three neighborhoods parks on high of the fiscal 12 months 2022 finances’s funding for 80 parks enforcement patrol officers within the neighborhood.
“We all know that the P.E.P. officers are necessary as a result of they ship a message. Folks can see them of their uniform. They know that they’re patrolling, making our parks stronger and secure,” he mentioned Thursday.
Isidro Medina, government director of the Washington Heights Enterprise Enchancment District, instructed The Submit he was “very, very involved” concerning the security of Higher Manhattan residents following the string of assaults.
“We would like our kids to play, to really feel secure. We would like our residents to really feel secure, and for anybody that is available in [to] truly really feel that it is a welcoming neighborhood,” mentioned Medina on Thursday.
“And for those that wish to exit, that wish to take pleasure in Mom Nature, now they’ve alternative having a clear park,” he added. “They need to not really feel that that is an unsafe neighborhood.”