The aide was walking near the former Brooklyn Navy Yard when he was accosted by two suspects around 10:30 a.m. “You don’t want to do this. I work for the mayor,” 33-year-old Christopher Baugh informed the robbers.
They were undaunted. One of the suspects lifted his shirt to display the butt of a gun tucked in his waistband and they made off with Baugh’s city-issued cell phone and wallet.
There have been 8,314 robberies throughout New York City so far this year, a 39.7% increase over the same time frame in 2021, according to NYPD data. Car thefts are up 46.7%, grand larceny is up 49.4%, burglaries are up 33.6%, assaults have surged 19.3%, and rapes are up 13.1%. The only major crime index that has fallen this year is murder, which has dropped 9.9% after an unusually bloody 2021.