A knife-wielding carjacker was caught on camera stealing a man’s car in New York, before crashing into several cars and fleeing the scene.
In a 25-second clip posted to Instagram on Wednesday, a man could be seen running after his black van as another man, armed with a knife, rams into a car in front of him in an attempt to flee the scene.
The stolen vehicle, which was traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way street in Midtown, pushes the car in front of it to get away, causing it to crash into another car before driving away, while the car’s owner desperately tries to recover his stolen car.
The video garnered over 476,000 views on Wednesday night.
Photos from the crime scene show police as they investigated and surrounded the block with yellow caution tape, with several of the other vehicles sustaining serious damage.
A car could be seen with its front bumper ripped off in the middle of the street. Another could be seen with frontal damage.
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A knife-wielding carjacker was caught on camera stealing a man’s car in broad daylight in New York City, before crashing into several cars and fleeing the scene.
In a short clip posted to Instagram on Wednesday, a man could be seen running after his car as another man, armed with a knife, rams into a car in front of him in an attempt to flee the scene.
Pictured: Several of the other vehicles sustaining severe damage
A car could be seen with its front bumper ripped off in the middle of the street
The crime allegedly took place in Midtown, and police say an investigation is underway, according to CBS Local.
No arrests were made Wednesday evening.
For the week of Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, the NYPD reported 265 incidents of grand theft autos, up from just 150 in the same time last year, a 76% increase, according to police data.
Meanwhile, 943 incidents of grand car theft have occurred in the past 28 consecutive days, compared to just 615 in 2021, a 53% spike.
The brazen carjacking is the latest in a series of violent incidents and rising crime rates in New York City that are infuriating police and residents alike.
Violent crime is already on the rise in the Big Apple this year, with murders up 33% from the same time last year through Jan. 9, with just eight murders last week.
Another could be seen with frontal damage
Pictured: Damage sustained in a violent carjacking in Manhattan
Pictured: Police cordon off the crime scene after a carjacking in midtown Manhattan
Overall, crimes also increased by 30% through Jan. 9, police said.
The rate of robbery, rape and assault has also increased.
The reasoning behind the increase can be attributed to a combination of lax bail reforms and a lack of policing.
Yet new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has pledged to take an even softer stance on criminals.
His office said it would not seek jail or jail time for suspects or offenders unless there was no other option.
It will also downgrade some crimes, like armed robbery, to petty larceny.
Since 2020, crime in New York has soared thanks to a combination of lax bail reforms and a lack of policing
New York City is currently experiencing soaring crime rates and an increase in shootings not seen since the mid-2000s
The announcement was made in a memo from his office last week and spooked police unions, who said he was emboldening criminals.
He defended it afterward, saying he wouldn’t sue people for being homeless or drug addicts.
On Wednesday, when asked by a DailyMail.com to comment on a recent judgment which saw career criminal William Rolon, 43 – who owns a 30-year-old rap sheet – get off with a misdemeanor for threatening a worker Duane Reade and stole more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from the Manhattan store, Bragg declined to comment.
When approached, the Manhattan district attorney declined to discuss the slight ruling – the result of the prosecutor’s lenient policy – saying it was an “open case”.