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).
November 14, 2017
Searching for Answers in Stabbing That Led to Fatal Police Shooting
A day after a mentally ill man stabbed two security guards in his building before being shot and killed by the police, investigators and building staff members were working on Tuesday to understand what had set him off.
The man, Cornell Lockhart, 67, was known to be mild-mannered and in declining health. He was a six-year resident of the Hughes House, a two-story brick building in the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx that provides housing and services to at-risk and formerly homeless people.
November 8, 2017
Transit workers call on cops to help kick homeless, drunks off trains
“When you wake somebody up, you don’t know what state they are going to be in,” said Crystal Young, chair of the TWU’s conductor and tower division.
“Sometimes, people are attacked. Sometimes they are spit on.”
October 30, 2017
Commuters are fed up with homeless man’s stinky trash
The makeshift home — which on Monday afternoon included rotting food, clothing and a Shake Shack cup containing a liquid that looks like urine — is right up against the station entrance at the corner of Jay and Willoughby streets. It smelled overwhelmingly of sewage and urine, and pigeons kept picking at the scraps.
October 4, 2017
Cops bust homeless man accused of raping woman on rooftop in Garment District
Cops arrested a homeless man they say raped an 18-year-old woman on the top of a building in the Garment District early Wednesday, police said.
Police in a passing patrol car grabbed suspect Thomas Powell, 34, after his victim flagged them down and pointed him out as the man who raped her on top of the W. 39th St. building at 12:30 a.m., cops said.
September 28, 2017
Disturbed homeless man slashed after attacking bike messenger with stick
The fight began about 5:30 p.m. when the homeless man was walking around in circles, carrying a large stick outside the Lever House on Park Ave. near E. 54th St, cops said.
After a few rotations, he walked up and attacked the bike messenger, as he rested at the plaza outside the building.
September 26, 2017
Homeless man in tunnel delays rush hour subways
A vagrant wandering through the F train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn snarled the rush hour commute as cops tried to hunt him down, sources said.
A train operator was driving an F train through the Rutgers Tube at about 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday when a man suddenly jumped onto the tracks. The operator slammed on the brakes and avoided hitting the guy, who then ran off.
September 25, 2017
Panhandler paints Columbus statue’s fingernails with pink polish
Daniel Kimery, 38, was caught in the act Saturday night — and told cops the pink polish represented the blood on Columbus’s hands, police sources said.
Kimery was charged with criminal mischief and making graffiti.
Kimery is originally from Arkansas and has 12 previous arrests, including one for assault in Times Square and one for busting a restroom door at Trinity Church, sources said.
He made headlines in the summer of 2015 when he was seen greeting tourists in Times Square with a handmade cardboard sign that read: “F— you! Pay Me! I need money 4 Drugs, Hoez and Weaponz, Motherf—–s!”
September 14, 2017
Bronx tot leaves hospital after homeless man slashes her, tries to throw her off fire escape
Little Bella Perez-Aquino was treated for a knife wound to one arm and released, but her mother Jenny Aquino, 37, remains hospitalized at Lincoln Hospital Center with two stab wounds to her stomach.
The mom and daughter were at their Woodstock home Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. when Christian Valdez, 28, bashed in the door of their third-floor flat, police said.
Aquino knew Valdez, who is homeless, from church and occasionally let him stay there, though they were not romantically involved.
September 6, 2017
Cops nab homeless man accused of grabbing woman’s crotch on Manhattan train
Cops have arrested a homeless man accused of groping a train commuter in lower Manhattan, police said Wednesday.
The 29-year-old woman was on the Park Place/Broadway station platform, waiting for the No. 2 train about 2 p.m. Tuesday when 63-year-old Ferdinand Jean-Baptiste came up from behind and began rubbing his privates against her buttocks.
He then smiled at her and grabbed the woman’s crotch before running to a departing No. 2 train, cops said.
September 3, 2017
Tourist stabbed by knife-wielding homeless man in Columbus Circle
A tourist snapping photos was stabbed in the back in Columbus Circle on Sunday afternoon by an apparently homeless man.
The victim, Martus Martins-Machado, 23, was standing with his luggage in front of Trump International Hotel on Central Park West about 1:30 p.m. when he was attacked, police sources said.
“We saw the blood and the shirt cut,” said witness Ahmed Gad, a street vendor. “The man who stabbed him walked away slowly and took off his hat.”
August 31, 2017
Vagrants are going to war against an East Village pastor
Witnesses saw the homeless man ripping off the head of a pigeon while standing shin-deep in the park’s fountain and slurping down the dead bird’s blood.
He told horrified onlookers that he was a vampire and needed the bird’s blood to survive.
August 23, 2017
Homeless woman arrested for threatening people with 13-inch knife at Port Authority bus terminal
Port Authority cops arrested a 28-year-old homeless woman they said was threatening people with a knife as she begged for loose change at the Midtown bus terminal, police said Wednesday.
Concerned commuters alerted Port Authority police after Dejanay Canteen was seen waving around a 13-inch kitchen knife as she asked people for money inside the Eighth Ave. transit hub at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
After one man refused to give her money, Canteen followed him and threatened him with a knife, demanding charity at knifepoint, witnesses told police.
August 19, 2017
Vagrants are going to war against an East Village pastor
The Belets, parents of two toddlers, have long suffered the annual spring and summer horde of homeless who take advantage of warm weather to move from shelters to camp in city streets.
But this year, the couple says, the homeless swarm is worse than ever.
“Since [Bill] de Blasio became mayor, it’s become considerably worse,” Irina, 30, told The Post. “Police let them set up camp and do nothing about it. Every morning when I left for work at 6 a.m., there were at least five homeless people sleeping outside. The most I ever saw was a few weeks ago: There were 11 people and four dogs.”
The Belets often see vagrants using heroin outside the church and across the street at Cooper Triangle Park.
August 17, 2017
Homeless man busted after he wears a winter hat to rob a Harlem bank in summer
Cops arrested a homeless man for robbing a Harlem bank, and trying to pull off a repeat performance, police said Thursday.
Eric Adjei was nabbed at a Chase Bank branch on W. 125th St. about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, cops said.
The hat he used to hide his face from bank surveillance cameras gave him away — a green Russian trapper hat with the flaps pulled down over his ears on a 87-degree August day, police sources said.
It was the exact same hat he wore during a heist on May 24, cops said.
August 9, 2017
Cops de-feet shoeless bandit in Manhattan bank robbery
A shoeless bank robber briefly pocketed $500 in cash in lower Manhattan Wednesday — and started throwing trash before police nabbed him, cops and witnesses said.
The 72-year-old homeless man, clad in a checked grey and green flannel shirt and blue pants, with only white socks covering his feet, walked into the Citibank on Varick St. near King St. at about 2:20 p.m.
He passed a note to the teller and they handed over the cash.
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.
August 2, 2017
Brawler bites off finger of foe who then pounds him into extremely critical condition at Brooklyn men’s shelter
A fight in a Brooklyn men’s shelter left one man critically injured and another without an index finger — which his opponent bit clean off, police said Wednesday.
The bloody fight erupted between Ray Simon and fellow resident Curtis Wood inside the Economic Development Men’s Shelter on Chauncey St. near Broadway in Bushwick around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.
August 1, 2017
Man fighting for life on respirator after vicious Bronx shelter attack over music volume
A 52-year-old man is clinging to life on a respirator after he was nearly killed in a dispute over loud music at a Bronx men’s shelter, police sources said Tuesday.
Robert Brown remained in a vegetative state — his body running on machines — following the attack inside the Park Ave. shelter near Clay Ave. in Morrisania.
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.