Last Saturday, an unnamed group brutally stole a 16-year-old Harlem teenager’s Air Jordans before beating him senseless. The attack, which took place at the McDonald’s near West 145th Street and Broadway, was caught on security footage and released by the NYPD. The video captures the moment a group of people approached the boy as he was waiting outside a fast food restaurant and started kicking and punching him until he fell to the ground. Once the victim was unconscious, the attackers removed the boy’s footwear and ran off. According to the NY Daily News, emergency care personnel took the boy in stable condition to Harlem Hospital, where he was treated and eventually released.
🚨WANTED-ROBBERY: 1/7/23 at approx. 9:15PM, in front of 3543 Bway @NYPD30PCT Manhattan. The suspects punched & kicked a 16-year-old male victim unconscious before taking his sneakers. Any info call us at 800-577-TIPS or use https://t.co/TRPPY5zHV2 Reward UP to $3,500 pic.twitter.com/1ga4q8oTf8
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) January 12, 2023
Due to an increase in robberies and burglaries, New York City’s overall crime has increased by 22% in a single year. Even still, the incidence of homicides and other acts of gun violence across the five boroughs has allegedly significantly decreased. Two days before the Harlem kid was robbed, NYC Mayor Eric Adams declared during a press conference that they have realize they have more to do. According to the statistics and what they are witnessing, New Yorkers must feel safe. His major responsibility is to make sure that safety is felt.
For information on the Harlem attack, there is a potential reward of up to $3,500. The NYPD requests that anybody with information call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (800) 577-TIPS. Additionally, concerned citizens may provide information about this occurrence and other ones in the area of the Big Apple in real-time with the new Crime Stoppers app, CS-NYC. – Steve Sijenyi