According to Mental Illness Policy Org, a “Think-Tank” founded in 2011 to provide unbiased and easy-to-access information to the media and policy-makers about care and treatment of people with serious and persistent mental illness, the consensus estimate as of 2014 was that, at a minimum, 25 percent of the American homeless—140,000 individuals—were seriously mentally ill. since New York State is one of three “Right to Shelter” sanctuaries, New York City receives a disproportionally large share of these mentally ill and often chemically addicted individuals. As such, much of their “bad” and regrettably violent behaviors are often plastered all over the news.
https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2015-AHAR-Part-1.pdf (accessed July 9, 2016).
August 6, 2017
Tourist, child maced by crazed homeless man on subway
A 10-year-old girl and a Canadian tourist were maced by a crazed homeless man as they were riding the subway through Manhattan Saturday afternoon, police sources said.
August 3, 2017
Homeless sex offender arrested for rubbing up on 12-year-old girl
A homeless sex offender with more than 40 prior arrests violated a 12-year-old girl from Ohio who was staying at a Midtown hotel with her family, police said.
July 31, 2017
Homeless man goes on violent rampage outside notorious shelters
An 83-year-old homeless man went on a vicious spree outside a notorious Manhattan shelter, choking a woman and repeatedly stabbing a man in the chest with an ice pick so hard his lung collapsed, according to police.
July 25, 2017
Crazed homeless man goes on stabbing spree in NYC
A homeless man went on a stabbing rampage in the heart of Greenwich Village on Monday night, threatening a teen with a pair of scissors and then stabbing two people with the tool, critically injuring both of them, police said.
June 14, 2017
The cardboard jungle:
In dealing with record-high homelessness, the city has yet to address the emptying of psychiatric hospitals
There are some 14,000 single adults, without children, in the homeless shelter system–30% more than there were four years ago. Many suffer from mental illness. Although some shelters have specific mental health staffing, most do not. Of course, there is another 3,000 homeless people sleeping on the streets and in the subways who most probably are mentally ill.
June 11, 2017
Woodside Residents Avoid Local Park Due to Homeless People Drinking and Drugging
When NY1 visited Friday, we saw people openly drinking alcohol, urinating and in one case off-camera smoking what appeared to be a crack pipe.
May 28, 2017
Homeless woman accused of rage-filled subway slashing
A homeless woman savagely attacked a mother riding the subway with her baby Sunday morning — flying into a rage because the worried victim didn’t want to sit next to her, authorities said.
May 19, 2017
Homeless man charged with manslaughter in transgender victim’s Chelsea beating death
A homeless man has been charged with manslaughter in the beating death of a transgender person in Chelsea, prosecutors said Friday.
Joseph Griffin, 26, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court as he was ordered held without bail on murder charges.
Griffin allegedly attacked Brenda Bostick — who also went by Kenneth — after bizarrely accusing them of stealing his knapsack.
May 1, 2017
Homeless man arrested for punching stranger’s teeth out at Queens bus stop
Police arrested Andrey Desmond, 23, on felony assault and other charges, accusing him of ambushing the 75-year-old man as he waited for a Q48 bus on Roosevelt Ave. by Prince St. in Flushing, at about 4:50 a.m. April 17.
Desmond — who has 24 prior arrests on his record, including busts on robbery and grand larceny charges — was acting erratically moments earlier, according to police sources.
April 24, 2017
Notorious ‘Spitting Lady’ loses it in court
The homeless woman accused of spitting on Upper East Side residents — including a 7-year-old child — flipped out in Manhattan court Monday when she saw news photographers aiming their lenses at her.
April 19, 2017
Elderly woman punched by homeless man in Central Park
Colin, 52, stormed off, but police caught up with him a short distance away, officials said. Cops charged him with assault on a victim 65 or older.
Colin appeared despondent in court as a judge ordered him held on $5,000 bail during a brief arraignment proceeding.
March 26, 2017
Homeless man’s nonstop drunken singing is driving people crazy
Another mom, who lives on the sixth floor, said: “I have a baby, and there’s been so many occasions where he’s woken up at 4 or 5 in the morning from this guy singing.
“My husband and I have called the police several times, and they do nothing,” she added.
March 26, 2017
Homeless Man Arrested in Lower East Side Rape Attempt: NYPD
Police sources say Adames, who is homeless, has been arrested 40 times since 1998, mostly for robbery and drug possession. He is on parole until 2020 after serving two years in prison for a 2012 perjury conviction, sources said.
Police haven’t said if they believe if the rape attempt is connected to a string of robberies around the same time on the Lower East Side and Chinatown.
January 16, 2017
Apparently the Junkies and Bowery Bums are Annoying Patrons at Whole Foods
Substance abusers, drug dealers and homeless people are turning the sunny cafe area, where shoppers can dine on pulled pork or Vietnamese sandwiches, into their own private social club for the cost of a cup of coffee or nothing at all.
During five visits to the store in recent weeks, a reporter saw a modern-day Bowery bum sleeping in the fetal position, another nodding out in an obvious drug-induced haze, a few who appeared to be drunk, and one smearing toothpaste on his face and mumbling to himself.
The vagrants take full advantage of free wireless and a microwave at Whole Foods and relieve themselves in sparkling restroom facilities. They pool their change to buy a beverage at the coffee bar in order to get a receipt with the day’s keypad code to the locked restrooms.
December 20, 2016
Attempted rape arrest highlights NYC’s struggles to shelter mentally ill amid homeless crime surge
Nelis Calix wasn’t in jail — and he wasn’t in a shelter.
The 39-year-old homeless man with a history of public lewdness was instead roaming near Union Square this past weekend when cops say he tried to rape a woman.
Calix had 19 previous arrests, including a September bust for masturbating at a public Wi-Fi kiosk — and emerged as the poster child for a recent wave of cold-weather homeless crime.