If you’re looking for a holiday vacation destination, might I take this moment to recommend: anywhere but New York City.
Well, maybe not Baltimore, either. Or Philadelphia. But let’s focus on NYC for now.
A young man from Maryland found out the hard way that when a city never sleeps, it means the criminals don’t, either. The 30-year-old guy, on vacation in the Big Apple last weekend, was reportedly standing on a sidewalk in Times Square around 4:30 in the morning when he was approached by two men and a woman. After the guys tried to get him to buy their drugs, the woman propositioned him for paid sex.
Obviously not wanting to catch something penicillin wouldn’t cure, the guy wisely declined – only to find himself bashed in the head with a bottle and slashed across the face for his trouble.
The trio of criminals then fled after robbing the guy of about $140. The man, on the other hand, landed in the hospital with a gash that took 16 stitches to close.
The New York Post notes this isn’t the first out-of-towner who found himself victimized in Eric Adams’ NYC, reporting:
Earlier last month, a 30-year-old tourist from Belgium also was slashed in the face in an unprovoked attack at a Chelsea subway station in Manhattan, police said.
And Sept. 1 a 21-year-old Big Apple visitor from St. Louis was attacked and raped at a Times Square subway station around 3 a.m., police said.
From locals to tourists to first responders, it looks like no one’s safe in New York City – anywhere, at any time. Just last week, a 61-year-old EMT with the New York Fire Department was randomly stabbed to death in broad daylight while standing about a block away from the fire station on her lunch break.