NEW YORK, NY – The New York Police Department has recently released a video of two people that were attempting to steal a bicycle on the morning that a woman was killed by a stray bullet.
The theft attempt was disrupted when one person fired a shot, which is the one believed to have entered the home where the woman was later found dead.
Police released video which depicted the two people who were on the sidewalk apparently trying to free a bicycle from its lock. While they were attempting to saw through it, a shot is heard and the two men leave the scene.
Tragically, the bullet that was fired made its way into the 34th Avenue apartment that the victim, Bertha Arriaga, shared with her family. The round struck her about the neck area.
Arriaga’s 14-year-old son heard the window breaking and went in to check on his mother. When he did, he found her lying on the floor with the gunshot wound and called 911.
Sadly, Emergency Medical Technicians were unable to save Arriaga who was pronounced deceased at the scene. In imploring for the public’s help, Deputy Inspector Julie Morrill said:
“A woman was shot and murdered in her own home. We do not see anything like a shootout situation…There appears to be a theft occurring at the time, an attempted theft of a bicycle that was locked up in front of this location.
The theft that was occurring ended. The bike was not taken by these perps. A shot rang out. At this time, it is still under investigation as to who fired that shot.”
Also weighing in on the tragedy was New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. He tweeted:
“Last night in #JacksonHeights, a stray bullet entered a 43-y/o mother’s window, killing her & leaving her to be found by her 14-y/o child. This is what senseless gun violence does – it destroys families.”
Last night in #JacksonHeights, a stray bullet entered a 43-y/o mother’s window, killing her & leaving her to be found by her 14-y/o child. This is what senseless gun violence does — it destroys families.— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) September 30, 2020
Anyone with any info about this incident please call @NYPDTips 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/oksy6mV5Lr
Assistant Chief Galen Frierson, the commanding officer for the Patrol Borough Queens North said:
“These individuals were on the street outside that location when the shot rang out, and any information that you can give us on them or the thefts of bikes in that area would be greatly appreciated.”
Now, thanks to police investigative efforts, the person that fired that shot has been identified as 31-year-old Issa Elabbar. Police did not release any information as to why they believe that he was the one that fired the shot, nor the possible motive behind it.
Elabbar was seen leaving the 115th NYPD precinct after his arrest in a wheelchair. Police advise this was because Elabbar had broken a leg prior to his arrest. He was transported away from the station in an ambulance.
Arriaga’s broken-hearted family has started a GoFundMe page to pay to transport Arriaga’s body to her native Mexico and assist the family with expenses.
Arriaga’s brother-in-law wrote on the webpage:
“Hello beautiful people, my name is Javier Aguilar and the purpose of this page is to help my brother Jorge Aguilar who lost his wife Bertha Arriaga, a Mexican emigrant who came to this wonderful country in search of a better life…
“While she was sleeping with her three sons she hear noises that wake her up and to her to peek out of the window not knowing that a stray bullet will take her life away. Now my Brother and his three children are facing an uncertain future…your help will be greatly appreciated to cover for the funeral cost, temporary living expenses and the repatriation of Bertha Arriaga to her beloved Mexico.”
New York, NY – The September numbers are in. Shootings in New York went up 127%. And that increase is in spite of a record number of gun related arrests.
The city continues to see an increase in violent crimes as politicians continue to try defunding the NYPD.
The ninth month of 2020 saw 152 shootings according to police, as opposed to 67 in the same month of 2019. But lost in that news is the number of homicides that occurred as part of those 152. That number also rose from twenty-nine to fifty-one.
All of these statistics are part of the 91% increase in shootings in the nation’s largest city since January 1.
Meanwhile, according to AMNY:
“NYPD officers also made 2,801 gun arrests in September 2020 — the highest monthly total recorded since the department launched its CompStat crime tracking program in 1994.
Law enforcement officials explained that officers refocused their efforts ‘on the drivers of serious crime and taking illegal firearms off the streets.'”
Those record arrests came with 2,500 fewer officers. The strength of force comes from attrition, budget reductions and the elimination of an academy class.
“Despite the unparalleled challenges they face every day, our officers continue to engage with the community and zero in on the drivers of crime,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.
“I thank the men and women of the NYPD who work relentlessly, day-in and day-out, to keep New Yorkers in every neighborhood safe. We will continue to address crime upticks and work in close partnership with the residents we are sworn to serve.”
In comparison, crime overall went up 2.4%, totaling 8,952 major crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny, auto thefts). Burglaries spiked by 37.6% and auto thefts ballooned by 70.5%.
All of these amassed some of the highest totals for their respective categories.
Meanwhile, robbery, assault and grand larceny each fell by 11.2%, 6.3% and 6.8%, respectively. Rape was also down 19.2%, with 139 incidents reported, but the NYPD indicated that these numbers are low, as this crime is typically underreported.
The fact that the NYPD made the arrests it has is made even more impressive by this fact: As crime rates continue to skyrocket, police are receiving very little help from the public when it comes to apprehending the criminals.
Given the fact that shootings in the city are up 87% so far this year, and murder rates are up 34%, the NYPD needs help from the public now more than ever.
The New York Post reported on a series of crimes that have gone unsolved due to lack of cooperation. In the early morning hours of July 5, Stephon Johnson was shot in the back on 116th Street near Morningside Park.
Even as his life slipped away at Mount Sinai Morningside, the East Harlem resident refused to help police catch his killer, the NYPD said, noting he was “uncooperative.”
The 23-year-old died less than a half hour after the 2:40 a.m. shooting. With little to go on, investigators canvassed the area for ballistic evidence and video. The case remains unsolved.
On July 31, an 18-year-old man was shot in the stomach at North Elliott Place and Park Avenue, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, at around 1:10 a.m. Cops described him as “highly uncooperative.”
On Aug. 9 in The Bronx, an 18-year-old was shot in his left shoulder on East 141st Street near Willis Avenue in Mott Haven at 10:30 p.m — one of 16 victims in 12 shootings across the city that Sunday. The circumstances of the shooting were unclear, and if the teen knew something, he wasn’t talking, cops said.
Early Sept. 2, a 24-year-old man walked into St. Luke’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left thigh, sources said. He told police he was at the Grant Houses in Manhattan when he “heard shots” and realized he’d been hit. Sources called him “highly uncooperative.”
Back on June 15th, the Anti-crime unit, which was known for effectively taking guns off the street was disbanded. They also helped solve many cases by retaining informants that would offer them information. It has become evident since then that they were, and still are, a very much needed unit to suppress crime.
Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said:
“Whether you liked anti-crime teams or not, they often helped develop intel from prisoner debriefings and informants. The loss of that intel will be resounding.”
“The community helps solve lots of different types of crimes, “When the public doesn’t trust the police, the information stops flowing. And that information is vital.”
There is an unspoken rule when it comes to the current situation on the street, and that is that no one snitches. NYPD spokesman Al Baker, said:
“It’s a challenging time. There’s an anti-snitch culture that’s taken root amid a level of violence that makes people reluctant to cooperate with our investigators. But we work every day with our partners in the city’s district attorneys’ offices to combat this culture and to solve crimes and help ensure public safety.”
Experts say recently enacted laws that endanger witnesses are not helping the situation at all. Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice, founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC, told The Post:
“The New York State Bail Reform Act has royally screwed up policing. Witnesses and confidential informants have little to no protection in regards to the new discovery rules,” (Reliable confidential informants, also known as CIs, are often paid).
Another telling statistic that need to be discussed among all these facts and figures is this one:
NEW YORK, NY — The New York Police Department has reported that 472 of its officers have been injured throughout the city since May 28 while responding to anti-police protests that turned into violent riots.
472 cops injured from attacks by rioters since they began on May 28th, 319 of which required hospitalizations. Overall, over 7,500 cops have been injured this year, a 47% INCREASE. https://t.co/TtKsUL3Ph8— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) September 27, 2020
According to NYPD data, 472 law enforcement officers of various ranks were shot, stabbed, struck by vehicles or assaulted with heavy objects, such as rocks, bricks and Molotov cocktails.
NYPD Inspector Norman Grandstaff is back in command over the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights, temporarily replacing Commanding Officer Tito Romero who is suffering from an injury sustained from a violent attack during the George Floyd protests and riots. … https://t.co/LFmUgP2uZj— COLlive News (@COLLiveNews) September 23, 2020
Even the department’s highest ranking officer, Chief Terence Monahan, had his finger broken during a clash with protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge in July.
Of those injured, 319 officers required hospital treatment and seven, like Lt. Richard Mack, who was badly beaten while making an arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge, were admitted to hospitals.
'I bled for this city — I'd do it again tomorrow': NYPD officer injured in Brooklyn Bridge attack thanks community for support https://t.co/EbkC3hEAd2— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 19, 2020
There were 7,528 NYPD line-of-duty injuries so far in 2020, up 47 percent from the 5,133 in 2019, NYPD data revealed.
“This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell told The New York Post.
20 more arrests in shooting incidents and homicides last week, and 41 more gun arrests this weekend alone.— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) September 21, 2020
The NYPD remains laser-focused on getting individuals who carry illegal firearms off our streets — especially repeat offenders — and curbing more gun violence in NYC. pic.twitter.com/WjKVKQvuI4
NYPD Sgt. Joseph Imperatrice told The New York Post:
“The average person doesn’t hear about the daily assaults and injuries to police officers. Officers are hurt every single day whether in regards to being assigned to routine patrol or a riot location.”
Imperatrice was on the scene during protests in Soho on May 31 and June 1. The protests turned chaotic, and dozens of suspected looters were arrested. While officers were trying to make arrests, Imperatrice said they were pelted by “air mail,” a term that refers to heavy and dangerous objects being thrown at police, such as filled bottles, metal debris, rocks and bricks.
Imperatrice reported that one inspector ended up with a severely sprained hand “tackling a subject running away from the scene of a location where they had just broken storefront windows.”
Bullshit!— Paul (@paulguynj) September 27, 2020
112 people shot in New York City in the last 2 weeks.
Not one by the NYPD.
Maybe the police aren’t the problem.
Quit playing with yourself so much, you washed-up anarchist!
The spike in injuries seems to coincide with the increase in shootings and other violent acts being reported in the city even though overall arrests are down.
Last night in the Bronx, shots were fired into a crowd of kids. These @NYPD48Pct Neighborhood Coordination Officers were around the corner & able to quickly apprehend the 14-year-old shooter and seized the illegal firearm.— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) September 24, 2020
More outstanding work from your local NYPD cops. pic.twitter.com/gSVwLoIxBd
Statistics show that there has been a 153 percent increase in shooting incidents by the public.
?WANTED for ASSAULT: On 9/21/20 at approx 7:20 PM, inside of 4077 Boston Rd in the Bronx, 3 suspects fired multiple shots at a male who then returned fire, striking a male bystander who was attempting to shield his 3 kids. Any info, call or DM @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/0CMcWsXt1m— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 22, 2020
Crime data from the NYPD indicates arrests this year have decreased about 39 percent overall. Arrests for murder are down 9.5 percent; for robbery, 11.1 percent; and for guns, 16.5 percent compared to the same time period in 2019.
Great job by your Housing Officers @NYPDPSA2 for arresting a teenager with this stolen illegal loaded gun in #Brooklyn. Every single one of these arrest have the potential to be deadly & your NYPD has repeatedly made them without a single shot being fired & without an injury. pic.twitter.com/zPHOqHDA6q— Chief David Barrere (@NYPDHousing) September 23, 2020
Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said:
“The chaos that politicians are encouraging on the streets is putting cops in the hospital. “It is not just the nearly 500 cops who have been hit with bricks and bottles or otherwise injured during supposedly ‘peaceful’ protests. “Hundreds more are being injured because criminals are emboldened to fight cops the moment we step on the scene. They know our hands are tied. “Every New Yorker needs to ask their elected officials how cops can protect them when we can barely protect ourselves.”
A man who was stabbed in Manhattan over the summer has died of his injuries, police announced on Thursday. https://t.co/RuLOuzWzqN— amNewYork (@amNewYork) September 24, 2020
As we reported on Aug. 27, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed police reform legislation into law on June 12. The reforms included the ban on police chokeholds; the appointment of a special prosecutor in cases where civilians are either killed or hurt by police; making it a crime to make a fake, racially biased 911 call; and most prominently, a repeal of 50-a, the law that was used to shield police disciplinary records from the public.
The governor also signed an executive order requiring local governments to reinvent their police departments by April 2021. Departments that do not comply will lose state funding.
“We’re not going to be a state government subsidizing improper police tactics. We’re not doing it, and this is how we’re going to do it. “I’m going to sign an executive order today that will require local governments and police departments all across the state — about 500 — to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community.”
NYPD officials and unions raised concerns this “diaphragm” provision could restrict arrest techniques and scare police away from action altogether.
.@NYCPBA chief Patrick Lynch claims the release of cop killers "is taking away from the seriousness of the crime and how it affected the families." [with @JohnFBachman on Newsmax TV: https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO] pic.twitter.com/JC4ycvliqW— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 24, 2020
Lynch denounced the revision in a PBA statement:
“Nothing short of a full repeal can repair the damage from this insane law. “That won’t happen, because the mayor and City Council have no intention of actually fixing this problem. They are content to blame cops for the mess they created. “If they wanted us to be able to do our job safely and effectively, they would never have passed it in the first place.”
NY city is in real trouble. I have video of a police officer being run over by a car with the intent to kill. This mayor is just talking. Bottles, Bricks, accelerants and fireworks thrown at police. My God every life is precious please save them. https://t.co/Fof14cdWAi— Mildred Cordero ??✝️???? (@godscreatures2) June 2, 2020
Then on July 15, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed five bills for greater police transparency and accountability, including the criminalization of police officers’ use of chokeholds. The mayor officially banned the use of chokeholds by police officers and made it a misdemeanor crime, even though NYPD has banned its use since 1993. NYPD officials raised concerns about the current law’s prohibition of compressing a suspect’s diaphragm by sitting, kneeling or standing on someone’s chest or back, according to NY1 News. Politicians also suggested that the legislation has had a negative effect on police productivity, with plummeting arrests and soaring violence.
Is she serious? Don't stop people for speeding? Speeding makes a crash more likely & if a person is struck it increases injury/death. But ignore reality bcs a driver MAY get violent. WTF?— Tori SchindlerBrooks (@Tori_S_Brooks) September 26, 2020
NYPD should stop making traffic stops, attorney general sayshttps://t.co/MQ8dyj4sAt
Queens Councilman Donovan Richards, who is the Democratic nominee for borough president, said: “The PBA [Police Benevolent Association] and the police department do not have a right to act on pieces of legislation the Council passes that they don’t like in an active slowdown, because that’s certainly what we are feeling on the ground. “I would be open to having a conversation about the diaphragm portion of the chokehold bill if this means the New York City Police Department would get back to work. And I don’t want to hear excuses.”
Therefore, during a daily briefing in August, de Blasio confirmed the City Council was looking to change the legislation’s language:
“Clearly, the crucial reform in the original legislation continues. Chokeholds will be illegal no matter what. As I understand, the focus here is just on some clarification on the issue of diaphragms.”
When NY1 reached out to the police officer’s union to ask if there was an intentional work slowdown, the following statement was given to the news organization:
“New York City police officers are doing our job exactly as directed. Mayor de Blasio has touted the NYPD’s reductions in arrests for years. The City Council passed a law that made it impossible to safely arrest a resisting criminal. “It’s baffling that anybody would expect police officers to step up arrests when our city leaders have made it clear they want fewer arrests and less enforcement, not more.”
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