Crime in New York increased in March compared to the same period last year, with homicides rising by 36 percent and a staggering increase in attacks on Asian Americans by hate crimes, police said.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans jumped sharply last month, with 31 hate crimes reported in March 2021 and none registered in the same month in 2020, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said Tuesday.
The Big Apple also saw a 36% increase in homicides in March 2021, when 34 homicides were reported compared to 25 homicides the previous year. The number of shootings has also risen, from 56 to 99, or nearly 77 percent, police said.
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The overall crime index rose slightly in March 2021, rising 2.4% year-on-year, according to NYPD statistics. However, the number of robberies and thefts reported during the month decreased compared to March 2020.
In March, police reported a total reduction – albeit only 3% – in hate crimes registered in demographic groups. New York police also noted a 40 percent increase in hate crimes against individuals based on their sexual orientation, as well as jumps in hate crimes such as those classified as “ethnic” and “other,” police said.
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In one of the more notable incidents, a 65-year-old woman was the victim of an unprovoked attack on March 29, which was going to the church in Manhattan.
Her attacker, later identified as 38-year-old Brandon Elliott, kicked and punched the woman several times and told her, “F — you, you don’t believe here, Asian …” according to law enforcement and police documents. . Elliott was sentenced to unsecured detention during his arrest on charges of second-degree assault as a hate crime and attempted first-degree assault as a hate crime.
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Records show that Elliott, who was paroled for killing his mother, is currently being held on Rickers Island.