A knife-wielding carjacker was caught on camera as he stole a man’s car in New York City, before crashing into several cars and fleeing the scene.
In a 25-second clip posted to Instagram on Wednesday, a man could be seen chasing after his black minivan as another man, armed with a knife, plows into a car in front of it in an effort to flee the scene.
The stolen vehicle, which was driving in the wrong direction down a one-way street in Midtown, pushes the car in front of it to escape, causing it to crash into another car before driving off into the distance, while the car’s owner desperately attempts to catch up to his stolen ride.
The video has garnered more than 476,000 views as of Wednesday night.
Photos of the crime scene show police as they investigated and cordoned off the block with yellow caution tape, with several of the other vehicles sustaining severe damage.
One car could be seen with its bumper ripped off the front of it in the middle of the street. Another could be seen with front-end damage.
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A knife-wielding carjacker was filmed as he stole a man’s car in broad daylight in New York City, before crashing into several cars and fleeing the scene
In a short clip posted to Instagram Wednesday, a man could be seen chasing after his car as another man, armed with a knife, plows into a car in front of it in an effort to flee the scene
Pictured: Several of the other vehicles sustaining severe damage
One car could be seen with its bumper ripped off the front of it in the middle of the street
The crime is reported to have taken place in Midtown, and police say an investigation is ongoing, according to CBS Local.
No arrests had been made as of Wednesday night.
For the week of January 3 to January 9, the NYPD reported 265 incidents of grand theft auto compared to just 150 the same time last year, making for a 76 percent increase, according to police data.
Meanwhile, 943 grand theft auto incidents occurred in the last 28 consecutive days compared to just 615 in 2021, making for a 53 percent spike.
The brazen carjacking is the latest in a string of violent incidents and rising crime rates across New York that is exasperating police and residents.
Violent crimes are already up across the board in the Big Apple this year, with murders up by 33 percent when compared to the same period last year up until January 9, with eight murders alone in the last week.
Another could be seen with front-end damage
Pictured: damage sustained during a violent carjacking in Manhattan
Pictured: Police officers cordon off the crime scene after a carjacking in Midtown Manhattan
Overall crimes are also up by 30 percent through January 9, according to police.
The rate of robberies, rapes, and assaults have also increased.
The reasoning behind the increase can be attributed to a combination of lax bail reforms and lack of police.
Yet, the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, has vowed to take an even softer touch on criminals.
His office said they will not seek prison or jail time for suspects or offenders unless there is no other option.
He will also downgrade some felonies, like armed robbery, to petit larceny.
Since 2020, crime in New York has soared thanks to a combination of laxed bail reforms and lack of police
New York City is currently experiencing soaring crime rates and an increase in shooting incidents not seen since the mid-2000s
The announcement came in a memo from his office last week and spooked police unions, who said he was emboldening criminals.
He defended it afterward, saying he would not prosecute people for being homeless or addicted to drugs.
On Wednesday, when asked by a DailyMail.com to comment on a recent judgment that saw career criminal William Rolon, 43 – who boasts a 30-year rap sheet – get off with a misdemeanor for threatening a Duane Reade worker and stealing more than $2,000 worth of goods from the Manhattan store, Bragg refused to comment.
When approached, the Manhattan DA refused to discuss the slight ruling – a result of the prosecutor’s lenient policies – saying it was ‘an open matter.’