NEW YORK — The NYPD is trying to find 4 folks believed to be behind a string of 19 robberies this month. The newest was an assault on an off-duty police officer in the Bronx on Tuesday.
CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis was instructed on Wednesday the officer, who was rushed to the hospital with a fractured skull and brain bleeding, is now aware and in a position to converse with household.
Family members mentioned they’re simply hoping cops catch the folks accountable. Investigators had been on the scene all day.
Video reveals a person strolling alongside Olmstead Avenue when somebody rushes in and jumps him from behind. Others comply with, however they ultimately run off, leaving the person on the sidewalk. The sufferer was later recognized as Muhammad Chowdhury, a police officer who was off obligation on the time.
“He’s trained to encounter this situation and all the sudden him getting attacked is, like, something else,” one in all Chowdhury’s nephews mentioned.
The nephew mentioned his uncle has been with the NYPD for 18 years, including he is a father, husband, and a sort man.
“If you walk up to him asking for help, he would help you,” the nephew mentioned.
“My son-in-law is a very good person,” Chowdhury’s father-in-law mentioned.
New surveillance video reveals the suspects as they get out of a black Honda and stroll away.
Chowdhury, 48, had been jogging in the Castle Hill neighborhood in which he lives when police say he was attacked by three individuals who then rushed off in a black automobile. Since they took his pockets, he had no ID on him.
Police sources say it wasn’t till he did not present up for work later in the day that the NYPD linked him to the unidentified man on the hospital.
“If that happened to a police officer, what about me and you and people that are rank and file? We are not safe. We need a lot of forces here,” neighbor Mohammed Mujumder mentioned.
Watch Jenna DeAngelis’ report
In a press release, Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch mentioned he is assured officers will discover the suspects, including, “We will need the rest of the justice system to step up and do its job, too. This is what happens when our leaders refuse to hold criminals accountable — not even a police officer can walk these streets safely.”
Police consider the boys concerned in the case are behind 18 different robberies in the Bronx and Queens.
Video reveals an assault on Quimby Avenue in the Bronx on Monday. The suspects obtained away with a girl’s purse.
Vidal Hernandez acknowledged one of many suspects in the images police launched, after he and a pal had been attacked in the afternoon on Aug. 16, a block from Tuesday’s incident with the off-duty officer.
“They put a gun, point to my head. Both of them, both sides, and took everything from me in front of my house,” Hernandez mentioned. “They take my phone. They take my credit card, my money, my watch, my bracelet, everything.”
Hernandez, fortunately, wasn’t harm.
As CBS2’s Nick Caloway studies, to this point this year in the Bronx, felony assaults are on the rise, up 21% year-to-date over final year and robberies are up 43% year-to-date.
“The only thing I can tell you, this neighborhood before was nice and quiet. Now, you can’t even walk in the street,” Castle Hill resident Lues Rivera mentioned.
Chowdhury, in the meantime, remains to be at Jacobi Medical Center.
A resident instructed CBS2’s Zinnia Maldonado a rally is deliberate in Castle Hill on Thursday at round 5:30 p.m., calling for justice and peace.
Anyone with details about the incidents 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 also can submit a tip via their website or by way of DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are stored confidential.