CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — A man was beaten to death on Kingston Avenue earlier tonight, Tuesday. The incident took place in front of, then inside 451 Kingston Ave. at around 9:00pm.
Witnesses told CrownHeights.info that they saw one Black man knock down another Black man then drag him into the building located on the corner of Kingston and Lefferts where he proceeded to beat the man until he died.
The victim was described as in his 50’s or 60’s and at this time was not identified.
According to police sources the man was not robbed, he was just beaten for no apparent reason.
Police called a level one mobilization. Scores of detectives and uniformed police officers responded to the scene to investigate the incident.
Since the new inspector Peter Simonetti took over in the 71st Precinct there has been a noticeable increase in major crime in Crown Heights. Murder, Rape and Grand Larceny has more than double in the last month alone.
Under the command of inspector Frank Vega we had a significant increase in police officers serving in the 71st, and in the last months of his command arrests and crimes being solved was up, this increased the community’s faith in Mr. Vega.
At the scene Mr. Simonetti threw a bewildering fit, shouting at photographers and curious onlookers then shouting at the Sergeant on scene to seal off the whole block “to keep all of them out” gesturing at people across the street. And in a more bizarre display Mr. Simonetti pulled out his cell phone and began photographing the photographers.
His behavior at the scene had one resident, who wished not to be named, question Mr. Simonetti’s competence. “We have all these extra cops on the street but crime is still up”, he then added, “well, if he is concerned about people watching rather than solving the incident then I guess that explains it.”