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Two tourists from Saudi Arabia were walking in New York City when they were held at gunpoint by multiple suspects, police said, according to local reports.
The out-of-towners were in Manhattan just outside Central Park on East 59th Street at the time, which was approximately 4:30 in the morning.
According to local ABC 7, the suspects ran off with one of the tourists’ cell phones.
According to the New York Post, the tourist whose phone was stolen had been talking to two other men about returning to their hotel when the incident occurred.
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No injuries were reported.
NYPD records show there have been 10,294 robberies in the five boroughs in 2022 so far. This is an increase of 39.8% since last year. In July, there were the most robberies with 1,747. So far there have been only 383 robberies in August.
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Of the crimes designated as the seven “major crimes” — murder, rape, burglary, assault, aggravated larceny and auto theft — only homicides have decreased since a year ago, an 8.1% reduction compared to 2021 All six other offenses have increased in 2022, with grand theft increasing the most with a 48.3% increase.
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Rising crime rates have been blamed in part on New York’s lax bail laws, where most defendants charged with most offenses must be released on their own recognizance rather than posted bail.
Paul DiGiacomo, president of New York City’s Detectives’ Endowment Association, told Fox News in July that criminals feel empowered and have no fear of consequences. DiGiacomo said that in his 40-year career with the department, he has “never seen it as bad as it is now.”