2011-08-26 / Top Stories

Violent Crime Up In 101 Precinct

By Miriam Rosenberg

Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri addresses the rise in violent crimes in his command – the 101 Precinct. Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri addresses the rise in violent crimes in his command – the 101 Precinct. It has become a long hot summer for the men and women in blue who serve the east end of Rockaway as violent crime has risen this summer.

The latest numbers from the New York City Police Department show that grand larcenies and felonious assaults are driving up crime statistics in the 101 Precinct.

According to Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri, the commanding officer of the precinct, violent crime is up from the same period last year.

“We’ve seen an increase in gun violence in and around the housing developments – Redfern [Houses], Beach 41st Street Houses, Ocean Bay and Oceanside [Houses],” said Lipetri at the last 101 Precinct Community Council meeting. “[It’s] nothing specific. There’s an arrest on one and investigations on the others. There’s a heavy investigation because it seems like some of them are related.” Among the violent crimes this summer are: a homicide in front of 51-11 Almeda Avenue on National Night Out Against Crime on August 2; shots fired between two individuals in front of the Arverne Library on Beach 54 Street on August 3; and, on August 5, a male shot in the leg on the corner of Brunswich and Nam-eoke and two people shot inside 54-22 Beach Channel Drive.

Although all the cases are still active, Lipetri said an arrest was made on the Almeda homicide with the accused being held on $200,000 bail.

“It really has been very busy within the precinct this summer,” said Lipetri. “I was here last summer and it was a lot quieter last summer than it has been this summer.”

Initiatives have been put into place in and around various housing developments to fight the increase in violence, but Lipetri did not go into them in detail.

The precinct is also experiencing two patterns of chain snatching in the area. The first is around the areas of Central and Mott Avenues and the Redfern area.

“He’s targeting females and he’s targeting straight up chain snatching,” said Lipetri. He added that the suspect is always on a bike, and described the perpetrator as a heavy set, Hispanic male between 25 and 35 years old with a “little darker complexion.”

A second pattern has developed along the boardwalk. Five chain snatchings have occurred so far this year as compared to none last year.

Car break-ins, which are mostly happening in the Bayswater area, are also on the rise. Thieves are targeting GPS devices, coins and change holding areas.

“They’re breaking windows and rummaging through the car,” said Lipetri. “We made three very good arrests on the car breaks, but unfortunately they’re still happening.”

Lipetri believes there are several gangs of thieves involved.

“If you see somebody trying handles, if you see somebody breaking windows, call 911,” Lipetri urged community members.

While the news may seem all bad, overall crime in the precinct is down almost 8 percent in comparison to this same time last year. In addition, the precinct has spent a lot of time this summer supporting the various family days.

“I think it’s good for the community and I think it’s good for the police officers… ,” said Lipetri.

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