Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Midtown Crime Alert

First, from Jersey Mike

I also received the same crime alert email.


This is to inform you that last night, shortly after 10pm, there were two attacks in Midtown by a group of teens, 8 to 10 of them, which included 3 or 4 girls in this group. They were estimated to be between 17 to 20 years old.

The first attack happened to our neighbor on the 1500 block of Green St, between Boyd and Reily. This happened at approximately 10:10pm. He was out in front of his home watering his plants and flowers when this group walked by and without saying anything to him attacked him by punching him several times and throwing him to the ground. He called out for help, where two neighbors heard him and they went outside to help. The kids took off down the street and the Police were immediately called. The neighbor was left bloodied and shaken.

One of the attackers was described as a black male, approximately 5'8" to 5'10", wearing a black tank top, dark baggy shorts and corn-rows in his hair. One girl was also seen with a bright red shirt.

10 minutes later another person was attacked and robbed on Verbeke Street near Penn Street, at Shady McGrady's. It was the same group who attacked the first person.

Recently a few crimes have happened in our midtown neighborhood, such as bikes stolen, a basement break-in an attempted home break-in and an attempted car break-in to steal a car radio. Now with this latest attack, we would like for everyone to be aware of these incidents and ask that you take precautions to be safe.

In the incident of the attempted home break-in, a black male and white female were seen looking into a home windows with a flashlight. When a neighbor saw this he yelled at the people where the yelled back profanities and fled. Police were called immediately.

Please turn on your front and back porch lights. Call the police should you see ANYTHING that may be considered suspicious with a good description of what you have witnessed. And please get to know your neighbors so that you can call and support each other before any of these types of incidents happen to you or one of your neighbors.

Thanks and take care.

There was another incident Monday evening. I hate to think these will continue.

Midtown is my favorite neighborhood in the city. It's much less pretentious then Shipoke (where the old ladies look at me weird when I ride my bike down there), and it's full of all sorts of very nice, very interesting people of all classes, ages, ethnicities, and so on.

It would behoove people, however, especially if they're new to city life, that this is not the suburbs or the country. Be aware of your surroundings. Harrisburg is really not that dangerous a city but as the last couple nights have shown, never underestimate the stupidity and viciousness of a bunch of bored, heathen teenagers. I've never been a gun fan but if you've got a permit to carry, I say go for it. Just don't be stupid like these brats.

At any rate be careful out there. And to the punks doing this shit I say you'd better go find a new, legal activity like picking up trash or Playstation or something. You're going to jump the wrong person and get your dumbasses shot. And I can't say anyone will have much sympathy for any of you.

And I'll be damned if a bunch of thugs is going to make me feel unsafe in my own city. They can all eat my nuts.

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