Saturday, March 22, 2008

Scary Tale of a Boerum Hill Mugging

We realize that this is Brooklyn/New York City and that muggings happens (less frequently than they used to, but often enough to make it an unpleasant possibility). For some reason, mugging tales that circulate via some of the neighborhood listserves are most unsettling than "police report" stories, possibly because of the personal accounts they contain. In any case, this one is about a mugging on Dean Street and comes from the Boerum Hill Group's mail list:
...A fellow tenant and friend who lives in my building on Dean St. was mugged on her way home last night -- approx. 9:15 PM. She was approached by two young men, one of whom grabbed her from behind and pulled her to the ground. My friend then started kicking and screaming and this scared them away. She is fine and didn't get hurt. She is very lucky. Thank God the muggers did not have any weapons.

Also thought I should mention that this same friend had her car broken into on the same block 3 or 4 weeks ago -- a GPS system was stolen....I must say it is extremely
concerning that this happened on the block, and mind you not that late at night. To quote my friend, "I want people to realize that if they heard something last night it was me and they should have done something and/or be more aware around the neighborhood." I don't blame her. She's very shaken up.
The implication being that she was screaming loudly and no one helped or called the police.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does she know that people did or did not hear her? And if it happened fast, no one would have had time to react even if they were home with their windows shut tight against the cold. In the summer I hear people screaming all the time. Summer=open windows. Not everyone is going to run outside especially if THEY HEAR NOTHING. This is new york and BH is a stone's throw from the Gowanus Housing. Every man/woman for themselves. If people can help, they will, but don't count on it.

12:08 PM  
Blogger christopherlee said...

Public Housing projects are anachronisms and in all practical senses enablers of crime.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds really scary. I'm sure she was pretty shaken up which is understandable. Unfortunately a lot of women need to realize that you can't hope that someone will hear you and help you. Instead they should focus on surving the situation. You should check out the new documentary series "I Survived" on the Biography Channel on Mondays @ 9pm ET. It features real-life survivors from all walks of life. I work for Bio so I got to preview some episodes and saw one where this woman got kidnapped from her home,raped and then shot. And you hear her narrate how she survived the entire time! If you want to find out more about the show or preview some clips you can at . Anyone here thinking of tuning in?

3:19 PM  

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