If New York Governor Kathy Hochul really wants to know why her constituents care about crime in the Big Apple, she need look no further than the case of Carl Phanor, a homeless man with 25 previous arrests, who was perp-walked late Thursday night after he allegedly attacked a jogger in Manhattan’s West Village from behind, choked her unconscious, stripped her of her clothing, and raped her.
Though you wouldn’t know it from the crickets chirping outside Hochul’s office and that of New York City Mayor Eric Adams, after violating his victim, Phanor reportedly grabbed her headphones, cellphone, and wallet, snagged a Citi Bike, and fled the scene of his crime, according to the Daily Mail.
He was arrested at the Port Authority bus terminal after reportedly buying $39 worth of Red Bull at a Midtown Target with his victim’s credit cards.
Turns out, he is also wanted for attempting to rape someone in October and for allegedly sexually assaulting another jogger in March.
Upon hearing of the crime in the New York Post, Hochul’s Republican opponent in the race for governor, Rep. Lee Zeldin, urged voters to help him “take our streets back.”
“In Kathy Hochul’s New York, law-abiding New Yorkers are forced to live in fear,” Zeldin tweeted. “Come January, in Lee Zeldin’s New York, criminals will be the ones forced to live in fear.”
“Election Day is 5 days away,” he reminded voters. “It’s time to take our streets back!”
In Kathy Hochul’s New York, law-abiding New Yorkers are forced to live in fear.
Come January, in Lee Zeldin’s New York, criminals will be the ones forced to live in fear.
Election Day is 5 days away. It’s time to take our streets back!https://t.co/3ZqTugZNba
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) November 3, 2022
While Hochul and Adams have thus far remained silent on the case, the issue of soaring crime has been a cornerstone of Zeldin’s campaign.
As American Wire reported, the issue took center stage during the debate between the two candidates, as Zeldin took on Hochul’s progressive bail reform policies.
‘Make our streets safe again’: Zeldin, Hochul spar over crime policy in New York governor debate https://t.co/ti9CUtQF2x
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) October 26, 2022
“You ask the will of the people? They want to see reform,” Zeldin stated at the start of the debate. “We need to repeal cashless bail. We need to repeal the HALT act, amend Raise the Age and Less is More. We need to make our streets safe again. I am running to take back our streets and to support unapologetically our men and women in law enforcement.”
For her part, as Zeldin continued to hammer her on crime, Hochul rolled her eyes and said, “I don’t know why that’s so important to you.”
To ALL My Fellow New Yorkers, Kathy Hochul’s insulting question to Lee Zeldin “why do you care ?” when he was highlighting crime across NYS and NYC should send chills down everyone. She MUST be removed! VOTE: Lee Zeldin for a safe and crime free state! pic.twitter.com/zdRodf02lT
— Dads A Beast (@Dadsabeast) October 31, 2022
And as Phanor, 29, was being paraded before the press in a Tyvek jacket, Hochul was holding a Manhattan rally with Hillary Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris at her side. She did not comment on the rape case.
Phanor’s 43-year-old victim was jogging along Pier 45, near West and Christopher Streets, at approximately 5:30 a.m. when Phanor allegedly spotted her, The Post reported.
When she was discovered by a fellow jogger, she had been knocked to the ground and was bleeding from her face and elbows.
“She was in workout clothes but they were kind of torn up, they were dirty, she wasn’t wearing any shoes, she was just wearing one sock,” Gabrielle Sumkin, the Samaritan who found the woman, told The Post. “She was like holding her eye … This woman seemed like she was legitimately very hurt and it was clear that something had happened to her.”
According to Sumkin, no one else had stopped to help the injured woman.
“Nobody even looked in our direction, which was a bit strange,” she said. “No one else I think would’ve helped her, which was really unfortunate also. I would’ve liked to see a bit more of a collective effort there from the other runners, there were a bunch of them.”
NYC ‘sex fiend’ accused of rape gets ‘sweetheart’ plea deal, terrorizes 5 more victims in twisted crime spree https://t.co/bwyokIcvYW
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) September 23, 2022
Phanor said nothing as he was led to a law enforcement vehicle on Thursday night.
In addition to the sex crimes, “Phanor has 18 prior arrests for petit larceny and assault, with seven additional arrests that are sealed to the public,” the Daily Mail reports.
Despite what Hochul would have the nation believe, “violent crimes are up nearly 30 percent compared to last year,” according to the outlet.
“So far this year, police have reported 1,384 cases of rape in the city, up nearly 11 percent from the same time last year,” writes the Daily Mail. “Felony assaults are also up by nearly 14 percent, with 21,767 cases reported so far this year, and robberies are up more than 32 percent compared to last year.”
And according to the most recent NYPD data, “There have been 102,914 serious offenses reported since the beginning of the year, compared with 78,892 in the same period of 2021.”
Citing the torture and murder of a 93-year-old woman in Syracuse, Zeldin shines a spotlight on New York crime in a chilling campaign ad.
“Kathy Hochul claims that crime in New York is a conspiracy,” he tweeted, “but for the family of Connie Tuori, and so many others, it’s very much their reality every single day.”
Kathy Hochul claims that crime in New York is a conspiracy, but for the family of Connie Tuori, and so many others, it's very much their reality every single day. pic.twitter.com/TZQurfpg0k
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) November 1, 2022
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