2013-05-16 / Other News

Georgetown Robbers On The Loose Councilman Calls For A “Stop” To Dangerous Intersection

By Dara Mormile
By Linda Steinmuller

Photo by Linda Steinmuller Photo by Linda Steinmuller Police are hunting for four total suspects – including two who walked into a GameStop store on Ralph Avenue Tuesday afternoon and allegedly robbed a pregnant woman at gunpoint.

According to police reports, at approximately 12:10 p.m., two males entered the GameStop at 2155 Ralph Avenue in the Georgetown area and approached a pregnant woman.

Sources said one suspect was reportedly brandishing a handgun and stole some electronics and an undetermined amount of cash. The two then left the store and got into a gray Ford Fusion— where two other suspects were serving as lookouts— and drove northbound on Ralph Avenue. Two of the suspects were described as black males about 5’6” weighing around 150 pounds.

As a precaution, Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene shortly after the robbery to tend to the pregnant woman.

While the incident took place in the confines of the 63rd Precinct, officials alerted police in the 67th and 69th precincts to be vigilant of the suspects, along with their getaway car.

Councilman Jumaane Williams points to map of dangerous intersections. Councilman Jumaane Williams points to map of dangerous intersections. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call 1-800-577- TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

City Councilman Jumaane Williams is calling for action and wants the city to address crash-prone streets in his district.

The traffic island on Kings Highway and Foster Avenue, notorious for accidents, was the site of Williams’ press conference. Williams, the chair of the City Council’s Oversight and Investigations

Committee, was joined by Transportation Alternatives and local residents in a plea to address the troubling lack of street safety along Kings Highway, Utica Avenue and other corridors within the 45th District.

The councilman asked the Department of Transportation (DOT) to institute traffic calming measures, including a turn signal at the intersection of Kings Highway and Foster Avenue. He urged the New York State Legislature to support the installation of speed cameras in New York City.

Williams aims “radar gun” at speeding cars on Kings Highway. Williams aims “radar gun” at speeding cars on Kings Highway. “I'd like to thank the DOT for installing a turn signal on Kings Highway and Foster,” Williams said. “This intersection is in the ‘danger zone’ – there is a high possibility that a traffic accident will occur here. There are four schools within the vicinity of the ‘danger zone.’ It is important that we correct these traffic issues for our schoolchildren and the senior citizens who live in the area. Once the light turns green, it becomes like the Wild West around here.”

Williams is also reaching out to other politicians to help fight for legislation to install speeding cameras. According to Juan Martinez, General Counsel of Transportation Alternatives, “Thirty miles per hour is not a suggestion; it’s the law. Every other large city has traffic cameras and they work.”

Street map details crashes within the 45th District. 
Photos by Linda Steinmuller Street map details crashes within the 45th District. Photos by Linda Steinmuller There were 385 motorists injured as a result of vehicular accidents, as well as 69 pedestrians and 24 cyclists from August 2011 to February 2013. During that period, three motorists and two pedestrians were killed.

“Just last week, a 17-year-old male was hit in the crosswalk of Kings Highway and Snyder Avenue, trapping him under a vehicle,” Williams continued.

Last month, two-year-old Denim McLean lost his life following a March 30th curb-jumping accident that injured ten others.

The turn signal at Kings Highway and Foster Avenue is scheduled to be installed within six weeks.

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