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Two Saudi tourists were walking in New York when they were held at gunpoint by several suspects, police said according to local reports.
The strangers were in Manhattan just outside Central Park on East 59th Street at the time, around 4:30 a.m.
According to local channel ABC 7, the suspects fled with one of the tourists’ cell phones.
According to the New York Post, the tourist whose phone was stolen was talking with two other men about returning to their hotel when the incident happened.
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No injuries were reported.
NYPD records show there have been 10,294 robberies in the five boroughs so far in 2022. That’s a 39.8% increase from last year. July saw the most robberies with 1,747. So far there have been only 383 robberies in August.
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Of the crimes designated as the seven “major offences” – murder, rape, burglary, felony assault, grand larceny and grand theft auto – only murder numbers have fallen since a year ago, a reduction of 8, 1% from 2021 The other six offenses soared in 2022, with grand theft increasing the most with a 48.3% increase.
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Rising crime rates have been blamed in part on New York’s lax bail laws, in which most defendants charged with most offenses must be released on their own recognizance instead of having bond set. .
Paul DiGiacomo, president of New York City’s Detectives’ Endowment Association, told Fox News in July that criminals feel empowered and don’t fear consequences. DiGiacomo said that in his 40-year career with the department, he “never saw the situation as bad as it is today.”