There were a million people in Times Square on New Year's Eve and no one got injured, and police said there were "no major incidents to report". An estimated 40,000 in Old Sac and two people got killed, three injured. Really, Sacramento? Depressing.
Here's some news from the BPNA about the robberies. The Bee has not reported on it, at all as far as I've seen, so if it weren't for the Boulevard Park Neighborhood Association emails I would not know WTF was going on.
Hello Neighbors – Please pass this on to your neighbors and constituents -
I am back in town and wanted to touch base regarding the recent rash of robberies that Lt. Coopwood was keeping you abreast of.
Last weekend Officers stopped a vehicle in the area that matched the description listed in Lt. Coopwood’s email. The occupants of the vehicle were in possession of a firearm and were booked into jail. It is very likely that these suspects were responsible for, or involved in, the armed robberies. Since their arrest, the armed robberies have ceased (knock on wood). We have not been able to link them to a specific robbery but the investigation continues.
This past weekend a man was jumped while walking in the early morning hours in the area of 20/K. This crime was reported to us the following day. There was no mention of a firearm and we do not believe that it was related to the previous armed robberies.
As always, please report any suspicious subjects you see in your neighborhood. If you need to walk in the area in the very late evening hours (10:00 pm to 3:00 am) please be aware of your surroundings and walk with a partner when possible.
It is our utmost priority to ensure the safety of people walking in the area. For the last two weeks, we have been deploying extra officers, utilizing a variety of tactics, and this will continue for as long as we can (we are constantly shuffling resources to manage different issues in the City as they arise).
Happy New Year.
Ken BernardCaptain, Central Command
Wow, these guys are real morons. Once they were hitting lots of people in the same car with the same clothes I realized we really dodged a bullet (literally) because if they are such fucking idiots that will make them more erratic and apt to do something illogical. I just emailed this Captain with an offer to at least identify the gun and the hat, if nothing else. The hat was pretty distinctive and I will be able to identify the gun, for sure. Maybe his voice as well, the biggest long shot is his face.
Still have not walked anywhere after dark yet.
After a day or two of total depression and not wanting to leave the house I feel better, but I have lost my false feeling that I am safe from whatever. That's OK, it was an illusion anyway. I might have already mentioned this, but ladies and dudes, don't assume you are safe walking because you stay alert, because if someone wants to fuck with you they can easily wait around a corner or run towards you. I always thought someone would start to trail me so that I could probably get away, but this is the dumb way for a criminal to do it, because you can, duh, get away. Also, working in pairs makes a lot of sense, so that's even harder to dodge.
But the real point is that if someone really targets you there is not a lot you can do. And they probably won't because the city is basically safe.