Woman Attacked on Eastern Parkway near Underhill

Victim taken to Kings County Hospital after would-be mugger knocked her to the ground, put his knee on her neck and punched her repeatedly.

A woman was punched repeatedly and choked in a late-night attack on Eastern Parkway.

The woman was walking home just before 12:25 a.m. on the north side of the street between Underhill and Washington, when a man punched her in the eye, knocking her to the ground.

He then put his knee on her neck and punched her repeatedly in the face, shouting “shut the [expletive] up or I will really hurt you. Give me your purse,” according to a police report.

The attacker then ran off without taking anything. The woman was taken to Kings County Hospital with a black eye and cuts and bruises on her head and right knee.

There have been 10 violent attacks reported in Prospect Heights over the summer. There is no indication they are done by the same person. In most, the victim is attacked before being asked for any property and in some no property was taken at all. 

In July, a teen was charged with two of the attacks plus a non-violent gun-point hold up, but attacks have continued.

- On August 25, a 23-year-old man was beaten at the corner of Underhill Avenue and Bergen Street at 10:30 p.m.

- On August 23, a 34-year-old man was beaten and robbed 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;

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- On August 4, a man was beaten and robbed 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 robbery on St. Marks Avenue between Carlton and Flatbush.

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

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

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

- On June 4, a 24-year-old man went to the hospital after someone attacked him with a padlock 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 77th Precinct Community Council Meeting, held the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Call the 77th Precinct community affairs office at (718) 735-0634 to find out each month's location.

Men or women wishing for a bicycle escort via the Brooklyn Bike Patrol can call 718-744-7592 between the hours of Sun.-Thurs., 8 p.m. to midnight, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Update: On Sept. 20 at 4:42 p.m., Councilwoman Letitia James released a statement calling on the 77th Precinct to "secure the Underhill Avenue and Washington Avenue blocks spanning Bergen Street and Eastern Parkway." 

“It is imperative that the 77th Precinct move to address this rash of violent attacks through placing additional police presence in the nexus of these where these crimes are taking place. It is incredibly fortunate that someone has not been more seriously injured over the summer,” she wrote.

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.


Victoria M. Sottile September 20, 2012 at 02:21 AM
And I have yet to see an increased police presence either on foot or in patrol cars. What is being done to deter these types of attacks?
el syd September 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Amy, in all of your reporting last week, didn't get a sense that any of our elected officials were being called to task for this. I, for one, can you tell you this will be top of my mind in November. In the meantime, here's Tish's email address: ljames@council.nyc.gov. I strongly suggest people begin filling her inbox letting her know the lack of action is unacceptable.
heather paul September 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM
"Courage is fear that's said its prayers." - Karle Wilson Baker We now have to have believe that with the changing and upscaled neighborhood, especially Washington Avenue off of Eastern Parkway that the uniformed police officers and undercover officers and neighborhood associations will have some power over the slimy criminals that seem to think we are all fair game and threaten our freedom to walk around at night. whether it is after coming home late from the subway, parking a car, or perhaps coming home from listenin to music at a club onWashington Avenue, Personally,I am fed up since after so many years the neightborhood became a thriving place for business and residents to be able to come and go as they pleased!
Dennis Eisen September 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM
10 violoent attacks withing a few blocks of each other and never any police on site. Bikes clipped up and down Vanderbilt each night but never any police presence. Could you imagine if this were in Park Slope? The Police would flood the area and all the papers and broadcasters would cover this.:-{
Paraderest September 20, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Atleast she had a nice new sidewalk to fall to.
Grand Army September 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Tish James is very concerned about crime in her district. Although frankly it's not clear that the involvement of elected officials has ever been key to reducing crime. This is a problem that has to be addressed by more and better policing -- and by parents committing themselves to raising responsible, law-abiding young people.
Amy Sara Clark September 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM
@el syd and @Grand Army, Late this afternoon Letitia James released a statement, which I've added onto the bottom of the story. -Amy
John SMythe September 21, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Oops. This list is missing at least one recent violent attack in Prospect Park, where three men beat up a woman, her boyfriend, and a passer-by who tried to help her. She was told by police it was probably a gang initiation. Of note: the group of speedy bicyclists in the park we all know so well rode by and did nothing despite cries for help.
Grand Army September 21, 2012 at 08:14 PM
John: That sounds like a horrible incident. The cyclists ignoring cries for help makes me see red!
John SMythe September 21, 2012 at 08:21 PM
@Grand Army - they may have called the police, but they did not stop
Lisa Roth September 24, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Amy, I am happy to see that Council Member James has responded. I'd love to see some follow through and a response from the NYPD. I have to second the comments by reader Dennis Eisen that if this were going on in Park Slope, there would be a different response. Perhaps there might even be a resolution. Thanks for your great reporting and please continue to keep us informed. We all count on it.
Amy Sara Clark September 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
@ Lisa Thanks. I will keep on it.
Sonia September 24, 2012 at 06:54 PM
This is so sad! With the sun rising later now I get so nervous walking my dog. It can be difficult to balance your safety and still live your life. Hopefully the more that Patch and other publications report on these incidents, the NYPD may get the message.


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