Violence is Strangling a Once Quiet Bronx Neighborhood
By Dan Gesslein
NEW YORK– Cops are looking for a psycho who choked out a woman in a formerly quiet Bronx neighborhood.
It happened the day after the July 4th holiday in the formerly quiet neighborhood of Pelham Bay. At around 9:05 pm on July 5, a woman was followed into her building at Buhre Avenue and Mahan Avenues.
Cops say a man followed her into the first floor stairwell where he started to choke her. He covered the woman’s nose and mouth with his hands.
As she fell to the ground she managed to fight him off. The attacker fled but not before his grainy image was caught on a surveillance camera.
The suspect is light skinned and is approximately 5 foot 5. In the video he is seen wearing a white t-shirt.
Police wanted posters of the choker are now covering the doors of apartment buildings and businesses along Buhre Avenue.
That particular area of Pelham Bay has made headlines throughout the year. Up the block from the scene, a broad daylight shooting shocked residents.
Before that businessman was attacked on the street after withdrawing money from the bank. The video of the attack as the money went flying into the air went viral on social media.
For years the communities of Pelham Bay and Throggs Neck, which make up the coverage area of the 45th Precinct, were so quiet that they referred to the area as a “retirement precinct.” Now the sounds of police sirens are becoming the sounds of summer, residents say.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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