Apparently, not everyone agrees with that narrative and with good reason.
54yr old recidivist Janaria Kelley was arrested by Officers from Transit District 2, and within the confines of the NYPD 1st Precinct in lower Manhattan, after he threatened fellow straphangers with a pink Gravity Knife while riding a northbound number 3 train.
Officers responding to the 911 call rushed into the subway entrance at Fulton Street and William Street to meet the train, and promptly placed Janaria, who was also intoxicated, under arrest. The knife was recovered from his pants pocket during a search of his person.
As it turns out, Cops were on the lookout for Janaria for a previous Forcible Touching incident. According to Police, on Tuesday February 11th, 2020, at about 12:25PM, a 52yr old woman was walking through the 14th Street-Union Square Station when an unknown male grabbed her midsection through her clothing before running up to street level, making good his escape.
In their Request For Media Attention issued the same day, photos that were included of the Suspect shows him wearing some of the same clothing as he was when arrested today, including the very same headwear. Kelley was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Violation of Local Law. He was also charged with Forcible Touching and Harassment for the Feb. 11th incident. Kelley is no stranger to Law Enforcement, with one arrest in 2015 and three arrests in 2019. He could be heard yelling “Where’s my wine, where’s my wine” as Officers tried to place him in the back of their marked patrol car on Fulton Street while passersby filmed the encounter.
It is hard to imagine that law abiding citizens would not welcome news of this mans’ arrest, especially his victims. Maybe he will spend some time behind bars and give honest straphangers a break from crime – Maybe.
A dreary, cloud covered day with a constant, tenacious downpour was made even bleaker when a pedestrian was killed instantly after loose masonry from a Midtown building fell onto her.
The woman, identified by Authorities as 60yr old Erica Tishman of Manhattan, was walking on West 49th Street past a building for which the address is 729 7th Avenue, when the loose stonework made its’ deadly descent, striking her in the head.
Emergency Responders tried in vain to resuscitate Erica before pronouncing her dead on the scene. Chunks of the fallen Terra Cotta could be seen near her body as it lay covered by a white sheet on the sidewalk, in the rain.
Passersby stopped to take in the horrific scene, some wondering how incidents like this can still happen in the City, while others somberly noted it could have happened to them.
Authorities have launched a full fledged Investigation to determine how this tragic event unfolded.
Two workers from Verizon got the surprise of their life early Tuesday morning.
The men opened up a manhole on West 58th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue in Manhattan at about 3:10AM to start their workday, but instead found the decomposing body of a man approximately ten feet beneath the surface.
The man, who may have been down there for a while, appears to be homeless, said authorities.
Investigators at the scene donned white Tyvek suits and gas masks before venturing into the manhole to inspect the remains.
No obvious indicators pointing to any initial determination of cause of death were present at the scene, said authorities, and would therefore have to wait for the results of an Autopsy to be performed by the Medical Examiner.
In addition to not knowing whether or not the man was a victim of foul play, Investigators are also working to determine how he ended up inside the manhole, as these covers can weigh up to 400lbs. The Investigation, and the mystery of this incident, continues.
Rescuers from the NYPD Air and Marine Units, the United States Coast Guard Air and Sea Units, FDNY Marine Units and countless personnel on land all converged on Rockaway Beach near Shore Front Parkway and 96th Street in Queens on Tuesday afternoon, after a 15yr old boy and a 16yr old boy, both friends, went into the rough surf and did not surface.
The boys were at the beach enjoying the unseasonably warm weather with at least two other teens when tragedy struck.
New York City beaches were officially closed after September 8th, and Life Guards were not on duty. Two teen friends of the missing boys were seen waiting with authorities on the beach as the search progressed.
Rescuers diligently searched the waters until late on Tuesday evening when operations ended for the day without locating the boys.
The search resumed on Wednesday morning but as of 10:30AM, the bodies of the two boys were still not found. The search continues.
In a bizarre incident, a 46yr old man handed a black backpack to another man while on the Eastern Parkway Esplanade at Utica Avenue on Sunday in Brooklyn, an area popular with residents who use it for biking, running or just relaxing on a bench in the shade, while hordes of strap hangers enter and exit the busy Utica Avenue hub for the numbers 3,4 and 5 trains.
It is not clear if any words were uttered, but the man who received the backpack looked in and saw a device that had a timer, duct tape and at least one red wire.
The man immediately flagged down some passing Cops who then called in the Bomb Squad. The heavily trafficked area was cordoned off for several hours, including train stoppage, while Officers from the Bomb Squad examined the package and searched for any possible additional devices.
A Bomb Squad Officer prepared an explosive charge contained inside a tube apparatus, which was then used to detonate the device on the scene. The Officer was spotted giving the ‘All Clear’ sign to his colleagues upon inspecting the package after the detonation. 46yr old Luis Rodriguez of Brooklyn, the man who allegedly initially had the backpack, was arrested near the scene. He was charged with Terrorism, Reckless Endangerment and Aggravated Harassment.
A 69yr old man riding his bicycle eastbound on 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn on Monday was rushed to New York University Lutheran Medical Center in critical condition after he was struck and run over by a truck.
The truck, bearing the name Manor Paving, was also traveling eastbound on 3rd Avenue when the driver proceeded to turn right onto 31st Street whereupon he struck the cyclist, who was wearing a safety helmet.
FDNY, NYPD and EMS personnel rushed to the scene and worked feverishly to extricate the man, whose leg was entangled in the warped bicycle. A Tourniquet was applied to the mans’ right leg before he was loaded into a FDNY ambulance and taken expeditiously to the hospital.
The 44yr old driver of the truck remained at the scene and as of today, Friday, there is no indication that he faces any charges. There is also no update on the condition of the cyclist. A NYPD spokesperson stated that the Investigation is still ongoing.
Police responding to reports of a crash on the southbound Laurelton Parkway near 128th Avenue in Queens found an unconcious man with trauma to the body lying partially on the right side shoulder, with a red and black motorcycle on the roadway in the left lane.
The critically injured man, who turned out to be a 42yr old off duty NYPD Officer, was rushed to a nearby Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Officers with the Emergency Services Unit were called in to search for the deceased Officers’ firearm. It is not known at this time what caused the crash or whether any other vehicles were involved. The Investigation continues.
A 911 call at 4:43PM today, reporting that two men were shooting at each other, sent cops rushing to the intersection of Utica Avenue and Montgomery Street in Brooklyn.
After arriving on the scene, one Police Officer then discharged his gun at a male suspect, identified by people on the scene as a mentally challenged, Church going man in his forties whose first name is Sahim.
The man was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to the NYPD, the Officer was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Preliminary information from the NYPD indicates that a gun was not recovered at the scene.
Blood can be seen on the sidewalk at the intersection of Utica Avenue and Montgomery Street in Brooklyn on Wednesday April 4, 2018. (Credit: Theodore Parisienne)
Officers from the NYPD Marine Unit were called to the Gowanus Canal near Nevins Street in Brooklyn on Tuesday, after the body of a man was spotted floating in the waterway.
The body, which was in a bad state of decomposition, was not lifted aboard the police boat, but rather ‘towed’ to Pier 5 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where Detectives and the Medical Examiner conducted their preliminary investigation before the body was removed from the pier.
Photos taken of the activity at Pier 5 shows the deceased with something resembling duct tape wrapped around the facial area. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The NYPD says its’ Investigation is ongoing.
A Staten Island woman, identified by authorities as Lori Gjenashaj, was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center on the Island with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, after she was shot by Cops in a scene like out of the movies.
The madness started when Lori drove to 767 Nugent Avenue within the confines of the 122nd Precinct and fired off shots from a revolver. Cops were called but Lori took off in a black 2018 GMC Acadia with a man in the passenger seat just before they arrived.
One of the responding Police units spotted the SUV heading north on Hylan Boulevard near Hunter Avenue a few blocks away but she refused to stop. The chase was on. During a brief stop of the SUV on Hylan Boulevard near Clove Road, Officers managed to remove the male passenger and take him into custody, but Lori took off again. The gun was not recovered at that time.
Officers in the surrounding Precincts were put on alert for the SUV. Officers from the 120th Precinct then spotted Lori inside the SUV near 166 Highland Avenue and moved in to make the arrest. According to authorities, Lori then brandished the gun at the Officers, causing them to open fire. Authorities stated that two Officers fired a total of five shots, striking her once in the shoulder. Both Officers were taken to Staten Island University Hospital North as a precaution. The Investigation into this crazy incident continues.