Stabbings are on a rise in the Big Apple amid a citywide surge in major crime, according to the latest figures obtained by The Post.
The statistics, which cover the period through Aug. 7, show that stabbings have risen by 11% compared to the same span last year – from 2,465 to 2,756.
Fatal stabbings have jumped a whopping 43% – from 48 to 69 – during the same period, the data shows.
“People aren’t afraid to carry guns, so obviously they are not worried [about carrying] knives,” a Manhattan cop told The Post. “Plus it is a lot easier to get a hold of a knife.”
A Staten Island cop blamed the lack of serious consequences for offenders.
“If you get caught carrying a knife – even a machete – you just get a DAT [desk appearance ticket],” the officer told The Post. “It is a misdemeanor. No value for human life.”
Just this weekend, 62-year-old Anthony McEnteer was fatally stabbed following a dispute at The Christopher, a homeless shelter on West 24th Street in Chelsea, police said.
Paul De Medina, 59, was arrested at the scene and charged with murder, cops said.
Late last month, Richard Sanchez, 29, was stabbed to death with a broken bottle in broad daylight when a fight broke out during a soccer game at Fort Washington Park, authorities said.
Acquaintance Ronald Guilcapi, 24, was arrested and charged with murder, police said.
Also in late July, a crazed attacker stabbed a Bronx man to death in a broad daylight attack in front of his wife — who tried in vain to fight off the suspect with a pry bar, cops said.
The victim — Nathaniel Rivers, 35, a dad-of-one who was well-liked in the neighborhood — was stabbed in the chest and rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Franklin Mesa, 19, was arrested a short time later and charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said. Police described him as schizophrenic.
The suspect allegedly attacked two other people last year and was known as a “neighborhood menace.”
In early July, a 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death at the 137th Street/City College subway station in Hamilton Heights during a fight with another teen, according to police.
In a recent stabbing on the rails, 33-year-old Leo Frasier was knifed in the back on the escalator at the 161 St-Yankee Stadium subway station around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, cops said.
He was taken to Lincoln Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
Cops say the assailant may have gone berserk because he wrongly believed the victim snapped a photo of him.
Frasier said that before the attack, he had complained that the suspect was standing too close to him. He also believes he was targeted because he is gay, but cops could not confirm any hate crime investigation.
No arrests have been made.
The rise in stabbings comes amid a 36% spike in major crime citywide as of Sunday.
Grand larceny was up a whopping 48.3%, from 20,374 to 30,205 incidents, auto theft rose 42%, from 5,589 to 7,939, and robbery jumped 39.8%, from 7,366 to 10,294, over the same period in 2021, the data show.
Rapes increased 10%, from 892 to 989, and felonious assaults were up 19.5%, from 13,086 to 15,640, the statistics show.
Meanwhile, murders were down 8.1%, from 284 to 261, the number of people shot dropped 7.4%, from 1,101 to 1,020, and the number of shooting incidents fell 10.1%, from 938 to 843, according to the NYPD data.
“The politicians will say ‘Murder is down!’ and ignore everything else,” Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan told The Post earlier this week. “Meanwhile, everything else is God awful.”
SOURCE: New york post
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