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Bronx community gathers to denounce increased violence after off-duty officer attacked on the street

NEW YORK – The Castle Hill community rallied Thursday night to denounce increased violence in the Bronx.

“If a police officer is not secured, how can we be secured?” Castle Hill resident Mohammed Chowdhury mentioned.

Police say off-duty NYPD officer Muhammad Chowdhury went for a jog Tuesday morning when he was attacked by three males.

“He was robbed right here on this corner, across the street from his house. Couldn’t even be safe in the street that he runs in the morning,” mentioned William Rivera, district supervisor for Community District 9.

The 48-year-old was hit in the head and knocked unconscious. Officials say he suffered a fractured cranium and bleeding in the brain. He stays in crucial however secure situation.

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing too many times senseless attacks of violence on people in this community,” Assemblywoman Nathalie Fernandez mentioned.

Police say the thieves took off in a black Honda sedan together with his mobile phone, keys and pockets.

“Nobody is safe and secure for their life,” Ibrahim Barobhuiya, with the Alliance of South Asian American Labor, instructed CBS2’s Alecia Reid.

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A violent mugging sample is being tracked citywide. Police launched surveillance video of three males needed for questioning in a separate incident — the violent theft of one other off-duty officer.

Last Friday, the 26-year-old officer was held at gunpoint and robbed on Dyckman Street in Inwood. One of the two males with him was hit in the head with a gun earlier than the suspects took off in a silver SUV.

There are at the least 19 incidents with comparable MO. Police are investigating if the identical suspects are answerable for all of them.

Anyone with any info is requested to name the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You may submit a tip via their website or through DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are stored confidential.  

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