101 Precinct Crime Down In 2009
As 2009 draws to a close, statistics for the 101 Precinct show an overall decrease in crime, Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, told community members earlier this month.
"Crime is down for the week, peri- od and year to date," said Mc - Mahon at the final 101 Precinct Community meeting of the year on November 18. As of November 15, crime is down almost 10 percent compared to the same time last year. Murders, robberies, felonious assaults, grand larcenies and grand larcenies auto are all down for the year; rapes and burglaries are up. There have been 24 shooting victims versus 61 from 2008. So far there have been 92 gun arrests as opposed to 61 from last year.
Six of the 92 came this month from arrests made in the Beach 40s area. "The biggest things right now are petty larcenies on cars," said Mc Mahon, who pointed to the thefts of GPS devices and purses.
"It doesn't show up when we do the FBI statistics [known as CompStat], but it is a huge problem," continued the deputy inspector. McMahon said there are at least five to six people breaking into cars in what he called "quick snatch and grabs" throughout the precinct. Officers have made one arrest so far. "We caught one kid. He's only 14, 15 years old," explained McMahon, who said the suspect was picked up on an unrelated graffiti charge. As part of the investigation, detectives are trying to enhance two videos.
McMahon also talked about the arrest of rapist Malcolm Johnson, 23, who was caught earlier this month after raping two women in October.
"We caught him on a gun collar from two years ago," said Mc - Mahon. "We were able to match up physical evidence."
He also said that police found another gun and picked up three other people during the arrest at Ocean Village.
"He was ID'ed by both victims," said McMahon.