INWOOD — When Debra Wilkins parked her car on Park Terrace West the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, the last thing she expected was to find the windows of her 2005 Pathfinder smashed the next morning.
But someone broke into her car, which was parked on the winding and dark stretch between Isham and 215th streets, during the early morning, leaving shattered glass inside the vehicle and scattered on the ground.
"Thank god I didn’t come earlier," said the visibly shaken Wilkins as she surveyed the damage. "They could have been here."
Wilkins, who lived in Inwood for more than 10 years, but now lives in New Jersey, didn't notice anything stolen.
"Why would somebody do this?" she said. "This is why I don't want to drive to the city anymore."
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A man fought off two muggers who tried to snatch his iPad on Bennett Avenue last week, police said, the latest incident in a Upper Manhattan crime spike that has sent dozens of cops into the area and inspired residents to consider patrolling their own streets.
UPPER MANHATTAN — NYPD officers hit the jackpot Thursday night when they found a not-so-secret hidden compartment stuffed with cash, a gun and drugs inside a vehicle in Washington Heights, police sources said.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A guard on the George Washington Bridge was fired Tuesday after failing to stop a 19-year-old from attempting suicide Monday night, according to the Daily News.
Angel Laboy was accused of negligence for not noticing that a college student had walked passed his booth and climbed to the top of the bridge in an attempt to jump 600 feet into the water, the paper said.
Police coaxed the boy to safety from his perch after receiving a call from his friend’s family who said he was on the bridge contemplating suicide, reported the News.
INWOOD — A group of residents who use Twitter to organize safety patrols in the neighborhood are looking for new volunteers to hit Inwood streets after a mother was mugged with her her 17-month-old child.
Crime has been on the rise in Inwood in recent weeks, but the mugging in Inwood Hill Park pushed the Inwood Safety Patrol to make definite plans to patrol again.
INWOOD — A mother walking with her 17-month-old baby was mugged while walking through Inwood Hill Park at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, police said.
The victim was walking on the path between the Indian Road playground and the baseball fields when she was approached by two approximately 16-year-old boys who demanded she give them all she had, according to police.
One of the teens said he had a gun while motioning under his sweatshirt, police said. The woman said she handed over her wallet with credit cards and no cash.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — At the height of the real estate boom, a 60-foot high sheet of bedrock was jackhammered away to make room for a 23-story luxury condominium development in Hudson Heights to be called "One Bennett Park."
But more than two years later, all that remains at 33-55 Overlook Terrace is a hole in the ground, a lawsuit, and a displaced congregation from the local Jewish center.