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NY Post
New York Post
2 Sep 2023


NextImg:NYC assaults skyrocket 60% in last 13 years, police data shows

Assaults are skyrocketing in the Big Apple, with attacks up an eye-popping 60 percent compared to 13 years ago, shocking new NYPD data reveal.

There have been 18,260 people shot, struck, cut or otherwise injured by an attacker so far this year, compared to 11,321 felony assaults in 2010.

This year’s tally represents a 30% increase over the 13,401 serious assaults in 2017, and a 5% spike, or 927 more felony assaults, than the 17,333 at this point last year, the data show.

Jadelyn Trinkle was punched by a stranger on a C train in Manhattan.
Courtesy of Adam Trinkle
Jadelyn Trinkle
A singer at Ellena’s Stardust Diner, Trinkle was punched in the face by a stranger on a subway in Manhattan leading her to suffer a concussion, hearing loss, blurred vision and memory issues for weeks.
Courtesy of Adam Trinkle

“It’s a revolving door and they know nothing’s going to happen,” said a veteran NYPD officer with more than 25 years on the job.

“It’s amazing how many emotionally disturbed people are walking around doing whatever they want.”

So far this year, Staten Island has seen the largest assault surge — 20%. followed by the Bronx (9%); Queens (7%), and Brooklyn (2%). Only Manhattan has seen a decrease, of 2%, although it’s up by 8% from Times Square south.

Cesar Martinez
Cesar Martinez, 21, was shot by a scooter-riding stranger who went on a spree in Brooklyn in July.
Helayne Seidman

One victim told The Post that the randomness of being injured by a stranger’s bullet has made him acutely aware of his surroundings wherever he goes.

“You worry and you appreciate things more so you’re more careful, but you can’t let it stop your life,” said Cesar Martinez, who was walking at Ashford Avenue and Arlington Avenue in East New York when he was shot from behind by a scooter-riding maniac on July 8.

“I blacked out and the next thing I knew I was waking up in the hospital,” said Martinez, 21.

Thomas Abreu, 25, shot three people, one fatally, at random while riding through Brooklyn and Queens.

The gunman, later identified as Thomas Abreu, 25, randomly shot four people in Brooklyn and Queens that day, killing an elderly man and wounding the others, including Martinez, in a span of 12 minutes, police said.

“It’s not a regular person — it was a crazy person,” Martinez said, “and I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The husband of a woman who was randomly punched in the face on a subway in Manhattan said she’s still too emotional about the attack to talk about it.

Adam Trinkle describes wife's injuries.
Adam Trinkle, 41, outside his Bed Stuy apartment, talks about his wife Jadelyn’s attack on the NYC subway in June.
Helayne Seidman
Jadelyn, Adam and their daughter, Alaria, 13, live in Brooklyn
Jadelyn, Adam and their daughter, Alaria, 13, live in Brooklyn.
Courtesy of Adam Trinkle

“She doesn’t want to relive it again,” said Adam Trinkle, whose wife Jadelyn was socked by a madman who yelled at her as she rode a C train near Fulton Street around 3 p.m. June 15.

“It was too much for her.”

Jadelyn was on her way to work as a singer at Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square and suffered a concussion, hearing loss, blurred vision and memory issues for weeks, he said.

Thomas Abreu
Thomas Abreu, 25, randomly shot four people in Brooklyn and Queens early Saturday, July 8, killing an elderly man and leaving three others hurt.
Paul Martinka

“You’d think that would be a safe time of day,” Adam said.

Her attacker still hasn’t been arrested, he said, adding the city needs to do more to keep people safe and get help for the legion of mentally ill roaming subways and streets.

“This is just one very close and very personal example of the system failing,” he said.

“We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”