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Man Stabs Employee at Skillman Avenue Grocery Store, Takes $150 Cash

46-01 Skillman Ave (Photo: Queens Post)

Jan. 15, 2020 By Kristen Torres

Police are looking for a man who stabbed a 32-year-old grocery store employee during a robbery in Sunnyside Saturday night.

Police said the man entered Sunnyside Gardens Market—located at 46-01 Skillman Avenue—just before midnight on Jan. 11.

The suspect approached the cashier and attempted to take money out of the register as the employee opened the drawer while helping another customer, police said.

The suspect then got in to an altercation with the employee and stabbed the worker in the shoulder and forehead before taking $150 cash and fleeing the store. The victim was not seriously injured.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is still ongoing, according to police.

The owner of the store did not want to comment for the story.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this individual is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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New Bee

@gardens watcher: According to statistics you’re incorrect. I know Sunnyside is a small neighborhood but in many ways this article is relevant here to.

Who is Most Likely to be a Crime Victim?
author_karenBy Karen Sternheimer

If you watch one of the many television crime dramas that are on now, you might think you know the answer to this question. But looking at the actual statistics might surprise you.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has conducted the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) each year since 1973, asking a random sample of Americans twelve and older about their experiences with crime during the past year.

This survey is important because many crimes, especially minor crimes like theft, never get reported to police. So if we relied solely on law enforcement agency data, we might never get a good picture of the prevalence of crime. For instance, by comparing the NCVS to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, a database of crimes and arrests based on law enforcement data, we can also get an idea of how many rapes get reported to the police and how many don’t.

Here are some things the NCVS teaches us about crime victimization.

1. Violent victimization is on the decline

Between 1973 and 1993, violent victimization held somewhat steady, hovering just under 50 per 1,000 (this means that for every thousand Americans, fifty were victims of violence) to around 20 per 1,000 in 2006. This trend mirrors FBI data, which also details a sharp crime decline after the early 1990s. As you can see below, property crime declined significantly too.
2. Teens and young adults are the most likely victims of violent crime
Young people are the most likely victims of violent crime. In 2006, young adults 20-24 were slightly more likely to report victimization than teens after many years of teens being the group most likely to be victims of violence. This isn’t necessarily because teens themselves are more violent—according to then FBI Uniform Crime Reports the vast majority of people arrested for violent crime (more than 80 percent) are adults.
Take a look at the lowest line on the graph above; despite the common perception that the elderly are highly likely to be victims of violence, they are the group least likely to be victimized.
3. Blacks are more likely to be victims of violence than whites

Unfortunately, the NCVS data on race only considers two categories. From the graph above, it is clear that black victimization is higher than the rate for whites. Although the rates for both groups have declined in recent years, we can see that black victimization has increased slightly, while white victimization has remained flat.
4. Males are more likely to be victims of violence than females

With the exception of rape, males are more likely to be the victims of violent crime than females are. As Sally Raskoff blogged about last year, we tend to believe that females are more vulnerable to violence. Boys and men are more likely to be victims of assault, robbery, and homicide than girls or women are.

5. Low-income people are more likely to be victims
The NCVS data reveal that those with household incomes below $7,500 are more than three times more likely to be robbed than those with incomes above $75,000. This might seem counterintuitive; wouldn’t wealthier people have more and better stuff to take? They probably do, but poorer people are more likely to live in higher crime neighborhoods, and criminals typically victimize those around them the most. It’s more convenient.

Poor people are not just more likely to be robbed. Those at the lowest income level are victims of aggravated assault at the rate of 13 per 1,000, compared with 3 per 1,000 in the $75,000 and over category.

Okay, now that we have some basic ideas about the age, race, gender, and class of the most likely victims of crime, let’s think about who is most likely to be featured in crime dramas. The victims on these shows tend to be (although are not always) sympathetic figures; after all, if we don’t care about the victim, we might not care if their assailants are caught and brought to justice.

This might lead to highlighting white female victimization, both in crime dramas and in the news to appeal to a specific target audience. Historically the fear for white women and children’s safety motivated the lynching of many black men and the passage of laws allegedly to protect women’s virtue.

In seeking a middle class audience, producers might also tend to focus on middle class victims, people we might imagine are “just like us” and therefore their victimization hits closer to home. We might also feel more emotional connection to stories about elderly victims, which heighten the sense of outrage against a heartless perpetrator.

So crime shows have a lot of compelling reasons for telling slightly different crime stories than the ones that happen in real life. Drama, after all, is heightened reality, not reality.

But it’s important to recognize that the abundance of crime dramas might distort our perception of who are most likely to be victims. Based on NCVS data, those who are young, black, male, and poor are disproportionally likely to be crime victims. Why do you think we have had an easier time viewing this group as the cause of crime, rather than as crime victims?

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Gardens Watcher

Mac, The elderly and women are more vulnerable. That’s a fact, not an insult.

I watch everybody when I’m walking in the neighborhood, and have done so since the 80s. But unlike you, I am not stupid enough to confront anyone I don’t recognize or who seems “suspicious.” I’ve called the police when needed, notably after my home was burglarized years ago.

The Gardens are known to be a safe neighborhood. But the recent armed robberies on Skillman and the home invasions are quite concerning.

How do you know they’re not random?

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Mac

Gardens Watcher – Most attacks are not random and this attack was not random either. Kevin is right it’s a safe neighborhood. I’ve lived here nearly 60 years and can say I am not afraid to and have actually challenged suspicious people in the neighborhood, have you? Concerned neighbors are more of a deterrent to crime than crying about crime and insulting neighbors who may have a different perspective on things than you have.

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Dan edge

He was arrested. Lives at 41-XX 46th St. 3rd floor. “Slim” His girlfriend is usually outside Dunkin Donuts asking for change. Im going to arm myself cause an honest working person doesn’t stand a chance today. DRUG ADDICTS WIN!!!

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Owen

@Gracie calm down and get a life for yourself, its fundamental. Many of use do not use social media, we just search out the news.

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Matlock

crime is still @ historic lows. The perception is that it is not because you are being beaten over the noggin with news from all the social media sites you visit and things like the citizens app. Sunnyside is much safer now than it was 20 years ago. Don’t blame bail reform either.Who is to say that anyone accused of a crime couldn’t afford the bail to begin with, putting them out on the streets anyway. Judges can’t predict what crimes someone might commit. Bail is to guarantee that someone shows up for court. Plain and simple. Why should rich people like accused rapist Weinstein and the CT guy that murdered his wife walk free while awaiting their trial? Because they are rich? Imagine languishing in Rikers for 6 months awaiting your trial, especially when you could be innocent. Don’t criminalize poverty.

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David

I was across the street in the bar when the police arrived on the scene and was told by the responding officers the assailant was known to the staff of the deli. Most of the posts jumping the gun is just one Fox watching commenter who believes he isclever enough to fool people who read this blog.

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Mac

To The Fox Entertainment Enthusiast posting to this comment stream under multiple posting tags: Just save yourself the trouble and post every crime committed from January 1st on is attributed to bail reform. No need to know details or circumstances of the crime we wouldn’t want to overwhelm you with anything more than a single talking point, since you do get your marching orders from an admitted entertainment company and propaganda outlet masquerading as a news outlet.

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Mac

Shadow- I guess you haven’t seen Oklahoma Arkansas Alabama or Mississippi. Gullible voters who gave corporations carte Blanche caused Detroits demise. You couldn’t afford to live in San Francisco. Move if you hate it here so much. Georgia and the Carolinas are also Republican strongholds, I gave you a number of suggestions. See how far that low wage RTW, state wage gets you in the states with the highest crime rates according to FBI statistics. You should ask Fox News why they ignore these facts.

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Gardens Watcher

Why the downvotes? Who doesn’t want this guy caught? Glad to see more police cars in the area, but now a few days later we have a home invasion case around the corner. JVB, this is your neighborhood!

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j

All you ignorant fools blaming the shelters are so dumb. The man was arrested earlier today and lives in the same building as the deli.(I checked google) This moron robbed the deli down stairs from him. What an idiot just like those who assume its the homeless at the homeless shelters shame on you all for assuming. When you assume you make and “ass” out of “u” and “me”!

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david o'connor

the media shows some crimes on t.v news. but never sunnyside? i wonder why! i agree with the gardens watcher. make these videos available to us. great chance somebody knows him.

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Gracie

@Owen Reading is Fundamental. It’s on the Sunnyside post facebook page. People are mentioning homeless shelters in the comments. The comments are in ENGLISH and in BLACK IN WHITE.

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Reggie

Can we at least get a DESCRIPTION of the suspect? How the hell are we supposed to solve this crime if we’re looking for the invisible man?

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David

I’ve lived in that area for 5 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a police officer walk down Skillman. Maybe start patrolling there as a deterrent? I don’t have much confidence in the cops finding this guy.

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Observer

So far there have been robberies of homes stabbing a young man cracking someone off the head while riding past on a bicycle. Give us police on patrol already. Years ago I lived in a great neighorhood until things like this started happening until it got so bad everyone moved away and it went to hell for years until the present day of renewal. I hope that’s not going to happen here but if so this time its good bye NY.

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Kevin

I have walked around Sunnyside at all hours of the night and nothing has ever happened to me . Stop posting this nonsense about how dangerous it is around here. These things happen in the best of neighborhoods.

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Doesn't matter who I am no-one would care.

Our neighborhood is going down the drain. Yes we can’t only blame the homeless, but we have more in the past 5 years then ever before. They are getting younger and unfortunately their drug addicts. These are things that make people steal and rob to live. As well as some think it’s just fun or gang affiliated which we are now starting to get. We have to many shelters popping- up. The population in Sunnyside/Woodside is growing to fast with new buildings on ever corner they can fit one in. Mom & Pop stores are closing at a drop of a dime. Doctors have to find new office space because a building in needed REALLY. We have no-one to stand by us. All our councilman cares about is the bike lines, that Amazon doesn’t come into LIC. I can go on and on but what does it matter it just words. I pray for the fast recovery of the employee and pray the person gets caught and pays the price. We as neighbor of Sunnyside/Woodside have to watch out for each we are all we have.

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BR

All of you who voted for de Blasio, JVB, Katz and AOC are responsible for this.
It’s time to wake up and start fighting crime and keep criminals in jail.
Here come the 70s and 80s again- for those of you who know

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Francisco 4life

That’s crazy. It’s definitely getting dangerous around the area, and yet I don’t see any police patrolling the area. I live a block from the store, and would always stop by to buy stuff. The Asian kid is very nice, and hoping it wasn’t him that this happened to. Shouldn’t happen to anyone, over petty money. Smh

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Hello

2nd amendment!
Ahh nevermind, we live in NYC – let’s dial 911 and wait for help to arrive 20 minutes later.

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Fed up in Woodside

Reply to Gracie :
The hotel aka as home shelter on QB & 54 St has no curfew .
At any time at night you hear them fighting & sreaming 2am 3 am 4am . I invite you to come by and see what the folks go through .
Yes I blame them for everything thst goes in our area They are lazy and smoke weed all day .

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shadow

I blame the mayor. Stop voting in democrats to run this city. They destroy everything they touch. Just look at Baltimore,San Francisco and Detroit

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Jimmyvanbummer

The suspect is a local neighborhood addict who knew the victim and was a regular at the establishment beforehand. Its sad these people live off the government section 8 spend foodstamps and aide on drugs but still don’t have enough to support the habit? Sickening.. decided to rob and stab that poor worker man over chump change. He is a danger to the community i Hope he is caught soon!

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Jefferson

Gracie needs to read more about crime statistics and realize a curfew doesn’t prevent a crime. Crime levels change with time and paranoia has nothing to do with a committed crime. Not sure what she is saying with ‘wrong place wrong time’. Maybe blaming the victim? The criminal in question lives and is known in the area. He also has a criminal background and continues to evade the police and has been seen in the neighborhood since the robbery. JVB has done little to protect us in what was a cleaner and safer neighborhood a few years back. I’m guessing he’s too busy campaigning and worrying about his own future.

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Anonymous

Smh what’s going on Sunnyside is getting crazy recently moving out of here in April to much going on with all these shelters it’s a shame Sunnyside use to be so peaceful N beautiful now it’s just crime after crime everyday someone either gets robbed ..shot…wth I’m sadden about our hometown becoming garbage

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$150 and

if they catch him, he’ll have MET tickets and free housing.

The only one that loose is the cashier, this things hurt also emotionally.

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Jesse

Crime just keeps getting worse in this city. But will our politicians ever care enough to change their policies?

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Anonymous

I and several others have seen the homeless shelters they come and they go all hours and they are no strictly enforced –

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Gracie

Everyone in the comments are blaming the people from the homeless shelters, when in reality CRIME BEEN GOING ON since FOREVER . Homeless shelters GOT CURFEWS AND ITS STRICTLY ENFORCED.
There is always the wrong place at the wrong time. Now people wanna be paranoid . Just now a days ,We have the citizen app [which it dont mention every crime actually!!] and social media. News travel faster. There is always the wrong place at the wrong time..

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Owen

Wish the victim a speedy recovery. Shocking to hear this … Stabbing and a shooting on Skillman with the space of a few months.

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Gardens Watcher

Hope the employee is doing OK. This store is my favorite local stop. It has cameras. Please post the video.

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