Saturday, March 20, 2010

Vicious Attack on Franklin

This is only a link, but it deserves its own post. Last night, two teenage girls were savagely assaulted in broad daylight on Franklin Avenue at approximately 5pm, the Daily News reports. An adult couple, who apparently had a prior feud with a cousin of one of the girls, lept from a car and ran for the girls as they walked on Franklin just south of Eastern Parkway. The man, identified as "Darnell" grabbed and held them while the woman ("Corona") slashed one teen repeatedly across the face and stabbed the other in the body. Miraculously, the girls escaped and ran to one's home on Union, from which they were taken to Kings County Hospital. Both are expected to survive, though one may well have suffered irreversible facial scarring.

Last summer, I spent more time than I hoped to writing about crime on Franklin. Since then, a combination of the Skywatch, the designation of Franklin as an NYPD Impact Zone, and cooler temperatures has improved public safety on the avenue (the outrageous home invasion of a few weeks ago notwithstanding), but as things warm up, crime rises. I sincerely hope this isn't the beginning of another deadly summer on Franklin.

Hopefully the individuals who did this will be brought to justice (the fact that they've been identified certainly helps), and the young women who were attacked will make a full and speedy recovery. If you're familiar with a local couple named Darnell and Corona, get on the phone to the 77th Precinct, stat. You don't have to leave your name or commit to testifying to help the police catch these criminals.

1 comment:

  1. I just discovered this blog, and as I live at EP and Franklin, I'm happy to see someone covering news on the avenue. But make no mistake, the block of Franklin on which these girls were attacked(between EP and Union) is not getting any better, despite the efforts by the NYPD mentioned above. My windows face onto this block, and it is essentially an open drug market - the bodega mid-block on the east side of the avenue functions as a sort of depot for neighborhood dealers, while the liquor store on the west side is a meeting place for loud drunks. This block needs more than police protection, it needs a wholesale uprising by residents of the block to clear out the perpetual drug-dealing and boozing that makes this such a dangerous spot.