April 3, 2016

Increased Knife Attacks in New York City

Damon Knowles, 21, Suspect

[From article]
Two dozen seemingly random slashings since November have Gotham on edge.
“It’s not the crime statistics that are causing the fear, it’s the perception of being attacked by a razor blade or a knife,” said Joseph Giacalone, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a retired NYPD detective.
Cops are battling an 18 percent spike in knife assaults this year, and police sources and criminologists are blaming copycats, gang initiations and hordes of mentally ill homeless people.

James Patrick Dillon, 23, suspect

“Unfortunately for the NYPD, there is no rhyme or reason to many of these slashings or attacks,” Giacalone said.
The medley of victims includes a 71-year-old grandma riding a D train, a 16-year-old Chinese exchange student walking to school in Queens, and a 30-year-old bus commuter in Brooklyn.

NYC’s streets run red after 23 ‘random’ slashings in 5 months
By Dean Balsamini
New York Post
March 20, 2016 | 5:50am

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