Theft down, but sex assaults a concern in 104th
by Alexandra Torres
May 01, 2013 | 2341 views | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the 104th Precinct Community Council heard that overall crime has decreased dramatically in the past few weeks at its April meeting at Gottscheer Hall in Ridgewood last week.

According to Captain Christopher Manson, there have been reductions in burglaries, stolen cars and felony assaults.

Manson also said that in the past month, the anti-crime team has arrested numerous trespassers, and each one had an extensive criminal history.

"We're making the right arrests,” he said.

However, officers are still on the hunt for two Forest Park rapists. One suspect has attacked seven times over the past two years. The other is wanted for an attempted rape that took place September 7, 2011.

There are also two separate men committing sexual assaults in the area. Manson described one incident near the Brooklyn/Queens border as being a violent rape after a woman refused to give the suspect her money.

A second man followed two women off the L train, touched them sexually and beat them badly. One of them has broken bones in her face and had to have reconstructive surgery.

Another perpetrator, a white male in his forties, has been approaching girls by Grover Cleveland High School in a black SUV. In the past week, he asked a both 13-year-old and 16-year-old girl on separate incidents if they are interested in working in a bar or club he owns.

Manson believes that he is trying to lure girls into his car. Both incidents occurred on Fairview Avenue.

Captain John Travaglia addressed traffic concerns, which included complaints of residents parking in front of driveways and garages, and, for one resident, it taking three hours to get a car ticketed. Travaglia acknowledged that this was a 311 issue, an area the precinct aims to improve in.

"We have a policy, a sole policy, that from the minute a 311 call is received at the 104th Precinct, we won't settle for nothing less than the 16 minute disposition," he said.

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Ridgewoodmanmurdered
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May 02, 2013
yes crime is down, and remains of a man missing found buried in his yard on Putnam avenue.

and there is more drug addicts in glendale & middle village than ever before. homeless, asking for cigarettes, being loud, all over myrtle avenue and metropolitan avenue.

can't please everyone, but at least theft is down. Like the weather, couple of good days and then back to theft again.