Three people hold up a parole officer in the Bronx at gunpoint, escape with his firearm

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NEW YORK – While violent crime is not something new for the City of New York, robbing an on-duty patrol officer is.

And that is exactly what happened on October 18th in the Bronx.

New York Police report that on Wednesday, three men encountered an on-duty New York State parole officer while he was in the area of 1449 Leland Avenue.  Most criminals would walk away from any type of armed officer, however, that did not seem to deter these three criminals.

Police report that the three men pulled a gun on the officer before he could react and ordered him not to move.  At some point during the robbery, the three suspects were able to remove the officer’s firearm and his personal belongings before fleeing the area.

The New York Police Department Crime Stoppers put out a tweet about the incident:

“WANTED for ROBBERY: On 10/18/21 at 5:45 A.M., in the vicinity of 1449 Leland Ave. @NYPD43Pct  @Bronx.  The suspects approached a on-duty NYS parole officer and while displaying a firearm removed his property.  Any info call 800-577-TIPS or DM NYPDTips.”

It is not clear if the incident was captured on video surveillance, however, there is a video of them entering and exiting out of the building.  The New York Police Department has shared a video of the suspect’s fleeing in hopes of the public cooperating and identifying those responsible.

Thankfully, there are no reports that the officer was injured during the robbery.

There are no reports of whether this robbery is connected to a series of others that have been happening in the Bronx.  PIX 11 reports that three men are being sought in connection with at least eight robberies that have occurred in the area since September. 

The NYPD has reported the first suspected incident in the string of robberies occurred on September 5th when an older man was returning to his scooter on Westchester Avenue and encountered two men trying to steal it. 

The victim, in this case, followed the two suspects into a parking lot where they met up with a third suspect and proceeded to beat the victim before they fled the area.

The next incident believed to be involved with the same subjects was reported to have occurred on September 7th

In this instance, three men approached an older man with a knife in the area of Rosedale Avenue.  The victim was able to wrestle the knife away from the men, but they began to physically beat him and take his wallet.

The victim received several injuries and went to a local hospital for treatment.  Thankfully, the victim is expected to make a recovery.

In the next instance, reported on September 18th, the same suspects are said to have encountered a middle-aged man in a building on Bruckner Boulevard.  When the three suspects engaged the man, they attacked him and ran away with sixty of his hard-earned dollars.

The three suspects are then allegedly involved in several more robberies that have taken place in the area while escalating from just physical threats and using a knife to using a gun.  Thankfully, none of the incidents reported that is allegedly connected to the same three men have resulted in any serious injuries or death.

The New York Police Department is also seeking information that will hopefully lead to the identification and prosecution of those responsible for these robberies.  They released surveillance footage of the three males and are hoping that someone in the public will identify them. 

Man on parole arrested for slashing boy during bodega robbery in police-defunded New York City

57-year-old Hector Diaz

Man on parole arrested for slashing boy during bodega robbery in police-defunded New York City

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – According to reports, a 57-year-old man who is on parole for a previous robbery conviction was arrested earlier in September for allegedly robbing a bodega in Manhattan of various items and slashing an 11-year-old boy during the robbery.

 

The incident happened on September 8th at approximately 12:15 p.m., with police saying that a pair of shoplifters had entered the bodega located at 23 Avenue D and tried making off with a variety of undisclosed items.

Both of the suspects were confronted by a 27-year-old store clerk, who also had his 11-year-old nephew inside of the store with him that day when the incident occurred.

One of the suspects, identified as 57-year-old Hector Diaz, allegedly slashed the 11-year-old boy’s right hand during the confrontation before fleeing down Avenue D and then heading north toward East 4th Street.

The 11-year-old boy was reportedly transported to Bellevue Hospital for minor injuries and was noted at the time that he is expected to be fine.

Prior to any arrests taking place, a photo of one of the suspects was shared by authorities – which they say later turned out to be Diaz.

 

The NYPD’s Warrant Squad arrested Diaz at his Manhattan home on September 15th, having since been charged with robbery with a dangerous instrument. Diaz apparently hosts quite the lengthy criminal record, as he reportedly has 24 prior arrests dating as far back as 1987.

Furthermore, Diaz is still on parole for a previous robbery conviction, which that parole remains in effect until December of 2022.

The incident at the bodega at 23 Avenue D comes roughly one month after a similar slashing that transpired at another bodega in the Bronx borough.

Authorities say that on August 16th, an unidentified male suspect entered the bodega on East 163rd Street bodega near Simpson Street and began attacking a 28-year-old clerk. The suspect reportedly beat the victim with his fists and also a glass bottle, slicing the victim’s nose and left wrist.

 

Police say that the suspect fled in an unknown direction after the attack. As for the victim, he was rushed over to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

No arrests have been made in the August 16th attack. Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the suspect are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or visit crimestoppers.nypdonline.org to submit a tip online.

“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

Three people hold up a parole officer in the Bronx at gunpoint, escape with his firearm
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

Three people hold up a parole officer in the Bronx at gunpoint, escape with his firearm
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Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

Three people hold up a parole officer in the Bronx at gunpoint, escape with his firearm
We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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