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NYC subway crime is up nearly 58% so far this year compared to the same time in 2021, as the manhunt intensifies for the brazen suspect in the fatal shooting Sunday unprovoked inside a moving wagon.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is looking for the gunman behind the cold-blooded murder of Daniel Enriquez, a 48-year-old Brooklyn man who was shot while sitting inside a a Q-train to Manhattan on Sunday morning.
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Enriquez was seated inside the moving train shortly before 11:42 a.m. when, according to witnesses, the suspect was “riding back and forth in the same car,” NYPD Department Chief Kenneth Corey told reporters on Sunday. .
“Without provocation,” Corey said, he “draw a gun and shoot the victim at close range as the trains [were] crossing the Manhattan Bridge.”
Enriquez, who worked as a research assistant for Goldman Sachs, was rushed to an area hospital but could not be saved. Corey said the victim and her attacker were strangers to each other.
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On Monday, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell released a pair of photos of the alleged shooter, who appeared to be wearing a dark colored jacket with the hood over his head, a red shirt underneath and a light blue mask.
“We need all eyes on this,” the top cop wrote.
The latest crime statistics from the NYPD show transit crimes are up 57.5% year-to-date on Sunday, with 975 incidents reported so far in 2022 compared to 576 in 2021.
Speaking at an MTA board meeting on Monday, NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox announced that the city this month deployed the Train Patrol Force, or TPF, to “perform dedicated, targeted and visible travel patrols in the late evening and during the night”.
Wilcox told transportation officials that 54% of the city’s total subway crime is reported on trains, and 40% of that total is reported during “specific TPF nighttime hours.”
The TPF is “not a new concept” and has been used “for years past” to patrol subways.
“It was an idea that we thought we had to come back to,” he said.
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Meanwhile, the transit chief added that overall subway arrests have increased by 67% so far this year.