Rash of Muggings in Park Slope: Women Targeted on Eighth Ave., Prospect Park West
My wife, daughters and I have been Park Slopers for several years and are dedicated to the neighborhood and the community.There are many threads on the Prospect Heights mugging wave over at Brooklynian. Meanwhile, crime data from the 78th Precinct shows that there were 20 reported robberies in December, which is up from 15 in December, 2006, making for a 33 percent increase.
My wife was mugged around 8pm on New Year's Day on 8th Ave and 2nd Street by two hooded men. They followed her, held her and grabbed her purse. She was physically unharmed, but very upset and feels deeply violated. It was very traumatic for our daughters to see their mother as upset as she was.
The police responded quickly and during the investigation said that this has been going on regularly in the neighborhood. It has happened several times in the last week and the M.O. is always the same. Two or three men with hoods pulled way over their faces or scarves covering them, sometimes with knives, after dark, looming in the shadows - especially on 8th Ave or PPW [Prospect Park West]. They have chosen their location, they have decided on a method and most disturbingly they have picked their victim: women walking by themselves after dark.
I wondered if you could help inform the community about this to help avoid any more women being mugged and violated in this neighborhood so loved for it's safety and civility. In print, online and/or as e-mail, anything and everything that spreads the word in the community would be a help.
[Photo courtesy of keithcarver/flickr]
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