the Threat of Crime in New York City now comes from all directions, even from above.
Hell’s Kitchen residents were rocked by reports on social media this week of a man Armed with two long knives, he roamed from roof to roof in broad daylight last Sunday trying to break into the bulkhead door of a five-story co-op on West 48th Street.
Surveillance video obtained by the Post shows a second attempt to break into the same building just 12 hours later, before sunrise early Monday morning. It seems to be a different man than the first.
“The city is going insane,” wrote Andrea Woolf on Nextdoor.
Video of the first burglary attempt shows a thin man with dark clothing and a huge shock of black, bushy hair climbing out of a neighboring building. He wears headphones and has a backpack over his left shoulder that looks like a messenger. He has a large tattoo on the left side of his neck in the shape of a star and indecipherable letters tattooed above his left eyebrow. The backs of both hands are also covered with tattoos.
At one point, he casually holds the blades in his hands, as if about to show them to the surveillance camera. When his attempt to open the building’s door failed, he climbed onto the roof of another adjacent building and disappeared from camera view.
“Police know about him and say he is mentally ill and extremely dangerous,” building resident Lori Goodman posted on Nextdoor with a picture of the man after meeting with Midtown North County officials.
The attempted burglary is being investigated, police said.
The knife-wielding man made enough noise to draw the attention of the caretaker in his attic apartment. He ran to the roof with his wife but saw nothing out of the ordinary. Afterward, he watched the video and realized that they missed a face-to-face encounter with the gunman by about 10 seconds.
“It was close,” the manager said, adding that in 25 years he had never heard of an armed intruder attempting to enter the building through the roof.
He was shocked later in the week when he rewatched the video and saw the second attempted break-in around 5am Monday. The man in the video wears a ball cap and mask and carries a small thin case in his left hand. He also has a small backpack, but different from the one worn by the first man.
Burglaries in New York City are up 37.2 percent so far in 2022, from 218 last year to 299 this year. accordingly police data.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/19/extremely-dangerous-knife-wielding-man-roaming-nyc-rooftops/ “Extremely Dangerous” knife-wielding man roaming the rooftops of New York