José Moreno was arrested on suspicion of attacking a passenger with a hammer at a subway station in Upper Manhattan.
Moreno, 47, was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with two counts of battery, according to the New York police.
Supposedly hit the unidentified passenger on the back of the head with a hammer while waiting for the train on Sunday around 11 a.m., inside the 175th St station on Line A, in Washington Heights.
“I’m going to fuck … someone,” the deranged man shouted before the random attack, he detailed New York Post. Then he fled in an unknown direction. The 46-year-old stunned victim sought the help of the booth clerk at the station, but did not need to be hospitalized.
The violence and “mental health crisis” that the city is experiencing are wreaking havoc on the transportation system, recently denounced the city’s transit chief (NYC Transit), Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A passenger was hit in the head with a hammer on a New York City Subway platform, in an apparent new random attack.
The NYPD said the incident happened Sunday around 11 a.m. inside the 175th St station on line A, in Washington Heights.
The 46-year-old victim was waiting for a train on the southbound platform when an unidentified man approached him from behind and suddenly struck him on the back of the head with a hammer, authorities said.
The attacker fled in an unknown direction. The stunned victim sought the help of the booth clerk at the station, reported Pix11.
The city’s “mental health crisis” is wreaking havoc on the transportation system, denounced the city’s transit chief, Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The NYPD released a surveillance image of the man they are searching in connection with Sunday’s assault. The suspect has not been detained. Who has information should call at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also via the crimestoppers.nypdonline.org page or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.
The ‘Little Dominican Republic’ in the Upper Manhattan has already been categorized by the New York Health authorities as a ‘yellow zone’ of risk for COVID-19, amid an increase in the average positivity that has already escalated specifically in some neighborhoods of Washington Heights, a worrying rate of 3.30%.
Governor Andrew Cuomo put his finger on Monday this new line of hot spots on the map, which detail the escalation of coronavirus infections in the Big Apple, which also highlights areas of Queens as Jackson Heights with 3.15% average infection and Astoria skyrocketing at 4%.
“We are living in very dangerous days! The increasing rate of this virus forces us to take these measures. And painfully everything indicates that more will come in sequence! “, stressed the state president.
These alert areas, which could turn orange in a matter of days if the count of new infections does not stop, have something in common: the majority of their inhabitants are families of Hispanic origin. And in the case of the Washington Heights-Inwood axis it is the Quito’s epicenter of New York.
First hot zone in Manhattan
Data providing test results for each ZIP code in the Big Apple as of November 11, reveals that the percentage of coronavirus tests that are positive in zip codes 10040 and 10033 in northern Washington Heights are the highest in all of Manhattan.
Specifically, zip code 10040 which includes 187 West Street in Upper Manhattan, going up north towards the entire area known as Fort George, has remained with the highest level of infected in this county and jumped to the second highest positivity rate in all of New York City, with 5.23 percent, specify the official reports.
This is the first ‘micro-towns’ zone designated by Governor Cuomo in Manhattan, which means that he must maintain 50% capacity in churches, 25 people maximum for non-residential meetings, non-essential businesses remain open and a maximum of four people per table for indoor and outdoor dining.
It is also established that family gatherings do not exceed 10 people.
On busy St Nicholas Avenue, the Dominican businessman, Josué Díaz Feliz, 65, a resident of the most important Dominican enclave in the Big Apple, has “a very personal theory” about the reasons why contagions have skyrocketed in your neighborhood.
“Since the flights to Santo Domingo opened this is an ‘in and out’ of people. To fly there you must have a negative test, but on the return there is not necessarily a rigorous control. And on the island the virus is out of control. Now many are planning to leave for Christmas. After the holidays everything will be worse “, says Josué, who has lived in Upper Manhattan for 20 years.
“They are wearing masks”
The Quisqueyan merchant Bárbara Trinidad, owner of the O&B Ranch winery on 158th Street in Upper Manhattan, has lived in the so-called ‘Little Dominican Republic’, The islander ensures that the majority of residents of that neighborhood have witnessed the escalation of COVID-19 cases, they maintain a “prudent” position.
“Most of the people use masks, in shops like ours if people don’t have this protection we give it to them. Since schools closed last week, there are fewer people on the streets in the neighborhood. You know that classes generate more movement. People are more concerned now, ”says Trinidad, who is a member of the women’s section of the Union of Bodegueros de América (UBA).
The Dominican businesswoman said that in the warehouses of those neighborhoods there is a consensus and the rule of being more demanding with the use of masks because days come when people it goes out more to “last minute” purchases.
“We must be very serious about this. Personally, I will not celebrate Thanksgiving like I used to. Just my parents and my brothers, without guests and groups of friends like before. You have to be very careful“Concluded the islander.
For its part, also Dominican María Rivera, a Washington Heights resident who was looking for the latest products to complete his dinner next Thursday, said that He will travel to Philadelphia to meet his children.
“I think we should take care of ourselves, but also learn to live with this. I have 14 grandchildren, my family is very large. But this year, everything forces us to change the way we celebrate. We want to meet as many as possible, but we are taking action. I’m still going to travel, ”Rivera said.
Cuomo: Everything is getting worse
In a virtual meeting with the media this Monday, Governor Cuomo called for “more action and responsibility” to New Yorkers, anticipating that after ‘Thankgiving’, added to ‘Black Friday’, and right in the middle of the Christmas and Hannakak holidays they could end up hospitalized more than 6,000 people for complications with the coronavirus statewide.
According to numbers from New York State Health authorities, in the last three weeks hospital admissions associated with the coronavirus went from 1,227 to 2,724 patients, which means a 55% increase.
“If this trend continues in the days to come, which will be characterized by a lot of social dynamics and of course with the toxic mix that the spread of the virus implies, we could be entering moments that will remind us last spring”Lamented the state president.
Cuomo reiterated that 37 days of a very risky socialization are coming and although he stressed that the rate of infections in New York is generally “controlled by 3%”, compared to neighboring states in the tri-state area, he implored families to understand that they should live a “Thanksgiving” day in a more “deep and spiritual” way..
COVID-19 in Upper Manhattan
231 new cases of COVID-19 detected between November 13 and 19 in Upper Manhattan.
10033 It has been the postal code located in the north of Washington Heights where the highest number of cases have been officially registered, amounting to 4.07% of confirmed cases of the total number of tests performed.
3.09% is the positivity rate in zip code 10034 for the Washington Heights – Inwood axis in the last seven days.
65 new cases confirmed in the last 7 days in South Washington Heights in neighborhoods located under zip code 10032
Climbing cases in NY
1,782 confirmed cases in the Big Apple this past Sunday alone
296,547 have been infected with COVID-19 to date in New York City.
19,544 deceased in NYC alone.
26,390 deaths in New York State since the pandemic was registered