NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It has been a busy summer for the NYPD, as police investigate robberies across the city.
Over the last month, there has been a significant spike in crime, with many robberies turning violent.
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As CBS2’s John Dias reports, police say some of them are random, others are more planned out. But one thing is for certain: Robberies are up this summer.
One video captures violence a 61-year-old woman never expected. The video shows he getting attacked by a group of young women. Police believe the attackers are half her age.
The suspects, three men and a woman, are seen beating her, at one point using a cooking pot. It happened on the sidewalk near West 151st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem Tuesday. Police say they stole $22, credit cards, and her walker. The victim was then treated at a hospital.
It’s just one of the latest crimes plaguing New York City. In the last month, robberies citywide have shot up 16%.
Friday morning, police are still searching for a man who, on July 9th in the Soundview section of the Bronx, robbed a 24-year-old man at gunpoint of his two neck chains, worth a total of $20,000. Bystanders saw the man had a gun and took cover behind parked vehicles.
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And detectives are asking for help tracking down a group of men wanted in connections with a citywide robbery spree – a total of 28 incidents starting back in May – from stealing jewelry at gunpoint, to iPhones, and even cars, like a 2018 Toyota Camry.
A family that knows about city crime too well now is Than Than Htwe’s, who are still praying.
“She’s a very good woman, very responsible,” said Htwe’s husband Myint Shein.
Htwe is in a coma, fighting for her life after being knocked down the stairs during an attempted robbery at a subway station in Manhattan with her son.
“At that moment he just very frantically yelled out very loud for help,” her son Kyaw Zaw Hein said. “There was a lot of blood.”
Police this morning are reminding everyone there are monetary rewards for giving tips that lead to arrests. For the subway attack, the award is now $10,000.
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Anyone with any 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). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.