Man Jumped on Underhill Avenue in Ninth Attack During Summer of 2012

Beating at the corner of Bergen Street appears to be random.

NOTE: This story was written in September 2012. -Amy

A 23-year-old man was beaten at the corner of Underhill Avenue and Bergen Street.

At about 10:30 p.m. on August 25, 2012, a man accompanied by three women walked up to victim and repeatedly punched him on his face and body, leaving the man with bruises to his face and cuts on his arms and legs, according to a police report. 

This is at least the ninth seemingly random attack or mugging since June in Prospect Heights:

- On August 23, a man was attacked in a late-night mugging on Eastern Parkway between Underhill and Washington in which three men kicked and punched the man after knocking him to the ground.

- On August 6, a 23-year-old woman was pulled to the ground and repeatedly punched in face on Grand Avenue near Pacific Street, before a resident called the cops;

- On August 4, a man was beaten by two attackers on Washington Avenue near Lincoln Place. 

- On July 30, three muggers punched and kicked a 26-year-old man in the head during a mugging between Carlton and Flatbush.

- On July 14, a 23-year-old man was taken to Methodist Hospital after a man attacked him between Washington and Underhill.

- On June 29, a group of men used a golf club to attack a 23-year-old as he was riding his bike on Dean Street at Grand Avenue.

- On June 13, a gunman pistol whipped a couple during a mugging on Eastern Parkway between Vanderbilt and Underhill.

- On June 4, a 24-year-old man went to the hospital after someone attacked him at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Bergen Street.

Residents can discuss crime with the head of the head of the 77th Precinct at the . On Monday, Sept. 10, there is a meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1208 St. John's Place.

Anyone with information on any of these attacks are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips on the Crime Stoppers' website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.

C.T. September 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
What is happening in Brooklyn? I had lived there all my life before relocating just last month and every time I read these stories I am stunned. I remember my son walking to Middle School on some of these very same blocks. I remember these areas to be pretty safe with a bit of foot traffic even late night. Where are the cops? This is sad.
Ekayani Chamberlin September 10, 2012 at 04:52 PM
HEY Amy- Disheartening indeed. You never post solutions it seems- only bad news. Can you post something about neighborhood watch? Clearly we need an innovative program where we start watching out for each other - literally. The attackers know we are not doing it, know we are not pulling together and know the cops can't be every where. PLEASE suggest something proactive. You live here too right? And have a small child. Doesn't his worry you?
Amy Sara Clark September 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Thanks for the comment Ekayani. If somebody is organizing a neighborhood watch, please let me know, I'd love to write about it. For those interested, there is a meeting of the 77th Precinct Community Council at 7:30pm at 1208 Saint Johns Pl. The precinct's commanding officer will be there to answer the public's questions. I've added that information into the story. Best, Amy
Joseph September 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
It would be useful if Patch could push this story a little further. You've identified what seems to be a trend, doing some reporting around whether it actually IS a trend would be the next step as well as providing some deeper context to these incidents (is crime down elsewhere, are these incidents actually random, etc). That, and actually interviewing politicians and police to see what their response is and what they're doing to combat it would be good fodder for a follow-up story. I'm sure a freelancer - for a modest sum! - could easily do a solid job digging a little below surface and it would be illuminating for your readers. And, more importantly, would entice local groups and politicians to act.
Ekayani Chamberlin September 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
@ Amy - I don't know who is but you could help the process along by writing about it. What I'm suggesting is that YOU write a story on that as the bad news angle and human tragedy has worn thin. I think Joseph's suggestion above is a good one. As you have a toddler and live in the hood it would seem to me as a mother and as the director of this Patch you would want to look deeper and help us focus on solutions. It affects you too. Times are rough and clearly spiraling in the wrong direction. My frustration lies in your vocalization of the issues we face without pursuing them to nth conclusion/ resolution. I am going to assume that you took on this position of leadership to enact change and not just report on what is becoming status quo. I believe you have resources in terms of out reach that I do not as you write these articles. Feel me? I think what we are saying is obvious and clear.
Amy Sara Clark September 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Hi Ekayani and Joseph, I interviewed the head of the 77th precinct about the issue last night and will have an article on that coming soon. Both of you have very interesting points to make and I invite you to blog about the issue on the site. Amy
Party is Over September 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Unfortunately, we need security cameras on the streets, just like Times Square. I plan to install one in front of my apartment. What were the three women doing?
Howard G. September 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM
There seems to be a great deal of information missing regarding the nature of these attacks. Some seem financially motivated, but the attacks during which no robberies take place are disturbing. Are these bias attacks? Are they racially/socially/economically motivated? Or are they drug-business related? One of the reasons I have loved living in Prospect Heights for the last nine years is the fact that people from all walks of life and ethnicity live together in this community, share and get along--not just that, but in this microcosm of a great town, people have always been friendly and helpful to each other, too. I'd hate to see that all come to a screeching, violent halt. I am concerned for my friends and family. What can we do to protect ourselves?
BRADY September 15, 2012 at 03:49 AM
joseph, local groups and politiicans should need no enticement!THEY SHOULD DO SOMETHING!
BRADY September 15, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Ekayani ,who is WE?do you have a mouse in your pocket?took on this position or leadership??with all do respect to amy she's taking care of a webpage not running the city she's not your local council woman or your congressmen or your senator of which you have plentyCALLTHEM OUT !YOU FEEL ME!what are you doing to make the to make the hood better! amy is vocalizing the issue to let people know whats going on
BRADY September 15, 2012 at 04:10 AM
AMY,how about inviting them to the next council meeting to voice their very interesting points as well as blogging them
James August 02, 2013 at 11:58 AM
This incident happened in September, 2012. Why is the publication date July 30, 2013?


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