Saturday, September 5, 2020
For the month of August 2020, there was a 166% increase in the number of shooting incidents across the city (242 v. 91) as the number of shootings rose in all boroughs except Staten Island. The number of people murdered citywide increased to 53 v. 36 (+ 47%) for the month, while the number of robberies increased to 1,276 v. 1,226 (+4%) and the number of burglaries increased to 1,310 v. 1,076 (+22%) citywide. Overall crime for August 2020 increased to 9,093 v. 9,033 (+0.7%).
The NYPD’s efforts to address the surging violence includes shifting officers to areas experiencing upticks in shootings, collecting timely intelligence about crime and criminal conditions and addressing them in real time, a combination of short and long-term investigations to root out the persistent drivers of violence, and having officers engage with residents at the grassroots level through Neighborhood Policing to focus on the problems and solve them locally.
The NYPD continues to take illegal guns off New York City streets. In August 2020, gun arrests increased with 359 gun arrests compared to 357 in August 2019.
“Despite all the continuing challenges, our NYPD officers are undaunted,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “The work of our officers represents the best of the policing profession and it continues as they increasingly engage with all of our community partners to protect life, prevent crime and build safer neighborhoods.”
Key highlights from this month's crime statistics:
- Murder is up +34% (291 v. 217) for the first eight months of 2020 when compared to the first eight months of 2019.
- There were 242 citywide shooting incidents in August 2020, compared to 91 shooting incidents in August 2019, a +166% increase. Year-to-date, through August 31, there is a +87% spike in citywide shooting incidents (1,014 v. 541).
- Burglary increased +22% (1,310 v. 1,076) in August and is up +42% (9,942 v. 7,008) year-to-date through August 31.
- For the month of August, rape decreased by -22% (126 v. 162). Rape continues to be underreported. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please come forward. The NYPD Special Victims Division's 24-hour hotline is 212-267RAPE (7273).
- Year-to-date, through August 28, citywide hate crimes declined -37% (182 v. 288).
Statistics on Index Crimes
Additional Statistics For July 2020
Attorney General James Renews Suspension of State Debt Collection for Sixth Time as Coronavirus Continues to Impact New Yorkers’ Wallets
“Although New York has made tremendous strides in curbing the coronavirus, too many New Yorkers are still suffering from the financial impact of this pandemic,” said Attorney General James. “By again renewing the suspension of state student and medical debt collection referred to my office, we are helping to ease the burden faced by so many individuals and families across our state. I will continue to do everything in my power to protect the safety and financial wellbeing of New Yorkers, as we continue to recover and rebuild from the economic fallout of this crisis.”
Millions of New Yorkers, like Americans across the nation, have been impacted — directly or indirectly — by the spread of COVID-19, forcing them to forgo income and business. Since COVID-19 began to spread rapidly across the country in mid-March, tens of millions of residents across the nation have filed for unemployment, including nearly 3.6 million in New York state alone. In an effort to support many New Yorkers economically impacted during this difficult time, Attorney General James will tomorrow renew an order — first made in March and renewed in April, in May, in June, in July, and in August — to ease the financial burdens for many workers and families by halting the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the OAG for collection through October 4, 2020.
The OAG collects certain debts owed to the state of New York via settlements and lawsuits brought on behalf of the state of New York and state agencies. A total of more than 165,000 matters currently fit the criteria for a suspension of state debt collection, including, but not limited to:
- Patients that owe medical debt due to the five state hospitals and the five state veterans’ homes;
- Students that owe student debt due to State University of New York (SUNY) campuses; and
- Individual debtors, sole-proprietors, small business owners, and certain homeowners that owe debt relating to oil spill cleanup and removal costs, property damage, and breach of contract, as well as other fees owed to state agencies.
The temporary policy has also automatically suspended the accrual of interest and the collection of fees on all outstanding state medical and student debt referred to the OAG for collection, so New Yorkers are not penalized for taking advantage of this program.
New Yorkers with non-medical or non-student debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the OAG may also apply to temporarily halt the collection of state debt. Individuals seeking to apply for this temporary relief can fill out an application online or visit the OAG’s coronavirus website to learn more about the suspension of payments. If an individual is unable to fill out the online form, they can also call the OAG hotline at 800-771-7755 to learn more.
Defendant Allegedly Killed Girlfriend, Assaulted Another Woman; Deceased Victim Abandoned, Her Decomposed Body Found A Month Later
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been indicted on Murder, Manslaughter, Kidnapping and additional charges for killing his girlfriend after holding her, and the mother of his child, and his toddler son hostage for 48 hours.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant beat his current girlfriend, and the mother of his child, for two days with his three-year-old son present. The mother and child escaped, but the defendant’s girlfriend was left to die in the apartment and her extensively decomposed body was not found until a month later. We will seek justice for the deceased victim who was so callously abandoned, and for the victims who survived this ordeal.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Anthony Portis, 31, of 240 West 167 Street, was arraigned on first and second-degree Murder, first and second-degree Manslaughter, three counts of first-degree Kidnapping, two counts of second-degree Kidnapping, first-degree Burglary, two counts of second-degree Burglary, third-degree Burglary, second-degree Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child before Honorable George A. Grasso, Supervising Judge for Bronx Criminal Court. Remand was continued and the defendant is due back in court on November 18, 2020. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the top charge.
According to the investigation, on March 2, 2020 the defendant allegedly went to the building of the mother of his child, Nzingha Keyes, 26, at 652 East 187 Street. The defendant was in the hallway with neighbors and his girlfriend, Dominique Ben-David, 22, when Keyes arrived with the three-year-old boy. Portis allegedly pushed them and Ben-David into Keyes’ apartment and refused to let them leave the residence for two days. Throughout the 48 hours, the defendant allegedly beat and strangled Keyes, who was pregnant, and brutally beat Ben-David. On March 4, 2020, Keyes fled the apartment with the child as the defendant slept and did not report the incident to police until later.
On April 10, 2020 detectives went to the apartment, to speak with Keyes about Portis. When detectives approached the apartment, they saw the door was open and noticed the odor of a decomposing body. Detectives entered and discovered the body of Ben-David.
According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Ben-David suffered two fractures to each side of her neck. The cause of death was classified as homicidal violence.
District Attorney Clark thanked NYPD Detectives Andrew Nash and Octavia Signor of the 48th Precinct Detective Squad, and NYPD Detective John Ferretti of the Bronx Homicide Squad for their assistance in the investigation.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $5 MILLION IN FEMA FUNDING FOR NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PREPAREDNESS
Friday, September 4, 2020
Delay gives New Yorkers more time to pay debt or enter payment plans with the Department of Finance
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha announced today the postponement of the annual tax lien sale until September 25, 2020 to give New Yorkers additional time to pay debt or enter into payment plans. The City will continue its outreach efforts to affected homeowners.