On Nov. 21, a grand jury handed down an indictment featuring 22 charges against the 29-year-old man accused of killing eight people in a New York terror attack. It was believed that the New Jersey resident became inspired by an ISIS video.
According to a Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law study, the crime rate in the United States is expected to go down by 1.8 percent in 2017. If this is true, it would represent the second-lowest rate of crime since 1990. New York residents may also be interested to know that the nation-wide violent crime rate is expected to drop by .6 percent in 2017.
A 27-year-old Waterbury man is facing murder charges in the death of a 16-year old girl who was found dead in a car on Dec. 4. According to the man, who has several children by the girl's aunt, he killed her after she threatened to inform his girlfriend about their relationship.
On Nov. 30, New York authorities said that two twin brothers were charged with the murder of a 35-year-old man. The man's body was found floating in the water near Brooklyn with a cinder block bound to his ankles. It appeared that the man had been beaten to death with a hammer.
A New York minor was killed by an ex-boyfriend on Nov. 2 after she failed to reciprocate his romantic interest, according to authorities. The 19-year-old ex-boyfriend was charged with second-degree murder for the death of the 17-year-old woman.
On Nov. 11, it was reported that a woman who was accused of killing her husband during a New York kayaking trip was was sentenced to four years in prison. The woman had already been in custody for two years. Additionally, she was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines.
A female psychiatrist has entered a not guilty plea in a Manhattan court. She also declared her innocence to media reporters outside the courthouse. The prosecution, however, paints a different picture that resulted in charges of second degree attempted murder and first degree attempted assault.
On Oct. 7, it was reported that New York police filed charges against a fourth person who was accused of being involved in the death of a young man. The 19-year-old Valley Stream man's body was found in a Massapequa park in late March.
An 18-year-old male student reportedly waited for New York law enforcement to arrive at the assistant principal's office of the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation after allegedly attacking two students with a switchblade knife. Between 15 and 20 students witnessed the knife attack that took place 15 minutes into their history class. Authorities have charged the student with murder, attempted murder and manslaughter after he apparently killed one boy, 15, and seriously wounded 16-year-old boy.
New data from the FBI says that violent crime increased for a second year in a row in the United States. However, New York residents shouldn't be worried about a nationwide epidemic when it comes to crime. This is partially because there isn't enough data to know if this increase is part of a larger trend or something that is confined to the present day.