Fatal stabbings and lacerations are up an alarming 37% this year in the Big Apple.
The NYPD has recorded 96 blade-involved killings so far in 2022, compared to 70 for the same period in 2021, according to departmental statistics obtained by The Post.
The total number of stab and stab injuries increased by 10% in 2022, to 4,344 compared to 3,954 last year, the statistics show.
The troubling data, which covers January 1 through December 11, comes as NYC saw a 16% drop in shootings, down from 1,757 to 1,474 so far this year.
“Not everyone can buy a gun, so what’s the next best thing that everyone has access to? A knife,” noted Michael Alcazar, a retired NYPD detective who is now an associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
“There are no real consequences of being arrested with a knife; It’s probably just an offense and you’ll get a slap on the wrist,” he added.
The grim statistics don’t include the most recent incident: On Friday night, a 27-year-old woman was stabbed to death at a Manhattan homeless shelter, police said.
The victim was assaulted by a 42-year-old woman just before 10 p.m. at Project Renewal’s New Providence Women’s Shelter on East 45th Street near 3rd Avenue in Midtown, according to the NYPD.
Officers found the victim in the sixth-floor hallway with stab wounds to the head, shoulder and thigh, police officers said. She was taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about half an hour later, police said. The killer ran from the shelter and remains at large.
Just last weekend, a 16-year-old girl was fatally stabbed in the neck in a Manhattan apartment after allegedly getting into a fight with her boyfriend.
Zyaire Crumbley, the 18-year-old accused of stabbing Saniyah Lawrence in her Harlem apartment, turned himself in to authorities a day after the Dec. 11 murder, police said. The teenage suspect – who had six previous robberies – has been charged with murder.
Last month, three Queens women were found stabbed to death in their Springfield Gardens apartment.
In the space of 10 days beginning September 30, three people were fatally stabbed on the city’s mass transit system.
“You have the knife with you, you encounter a confrontation and there is no time to think it over,” said Alcazar. “How often do you walk through the turnstile and there is a computer staring straight at you as if in a trance. You don’t know if the guy has a knife or a gun.”
Alcazar added that there is a “convenience factor” for criminals under bail reform, where New York prosecutors don’t pursue low-level gun cases. “Everyone is packing because everyone feels they need to protect themselves from the rise in crime in New York City. Bad guys need to protect themselves from other bad guys.”
The rise in stabbings is accompanied by a 24% increase in major crime across the city.
The good news? Arrests for stabbings and lacerations are up 42% this year (2,139) compared to the same period last year (1,511), the NYPD said.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/17/fatal-slashings-and-stabbings-in-nyc-are-up-37/ Fatal slashing and stabbing injuries in NYC increased by 37%