Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Woman Robbed Tuesday Evening at Gunpoint through Open Window of Car

Posted by: Noël Jones

This one is disturbing. According to today's article by Stephen Novak of the Express-Times, last night a woman smoking a cigarette out an open window on the passenger side of a car was robbed at gunpoint while the car was idling at an intersection. The driver of the car was waiting for the light to change at the corner of Warren and Pine Streets and aside from the passenger who was robbed, had two children in the back seat of the car. Easton Police took the report just after 6:00 p.m.

When I first moved to Easton four years ago, a common description of Easton's crime level that I heard from residents was, "there is a fair amount of crime, but it's just domestic violence episodes and drug dealers and addicts robbing and shooting each other--there's no random violent crime--if you're not involved with hoodlums, you've got nothing to worry about." I was disturbed at this description, because bullets are not like heat-seeking missiles that swerve
around innocent bystanders to strike only dealers and junkies. But after living here a few years, I came to understand how the perception developed, because most incidents of crime in Easton that I read about proved to be either related to domestic violence, addiction or dealing, and usually happened in the middle of the night. 

In the last year, though, I have noticed more incidents of random crime in the news--a handicapped person robbed at an ATM downtown, an attempted kidnapping of a Lafayette student, bank robberies, a rash of storefront burglaries, and now this--the random mugging of a woman in a car idling at traffic light with children in the back seat in the early evening.

It's really important to acknowledge that deep in the middle of this recession, people are getting more and more desperate, and that desperation is not only related to domestic violence and drug dealing. On a deeper level, we need to address the problems of domestic violence and drug dealing in our community through programming, but on an immediate level, with regard to random crime, we all need to be aware, and cautious of this uptick in desperation crimes. I have always been pretty careful in this regard, and one thing I always do is lock my car doors as soon as I get into my car. I also never leave my windows open while at an intersection, and am aware of people walking along or crossing the street that I am on. I think this is good advice for anyone, but especially for women.

I also want to appeal again to everyone to leave your porch lights on at night, so that we as a community make the streets less dark, discouraging flagrant acts of open-air crime and making it easier for all good residents to be aware of their surroundings at night. I leave my porch lights on every night for my neighbors who might be coming home late, to brighten up the block.

If you have other safety tips, please post them here. The suspect is only described as a black male wearing a blue North Face jacket, with a multi-colored bandana over his face. Anyone who has information that might be helpful to our police officers, please call Detective Christopher Miller at 610-250-6656.


tunsie said...

I yove U Noel...tunsie

noel jones said...

tunsie--you are crazy. in a good way. but still crazy!

Hey--since Saturday is the 1st, AND the first Saturday of the month, are you having a New Year's party at the Lafayette? if so, who will be playing?

tunsie said...

The first day of the decade U know I will have a show.Its gonna be a blast...9 pm.......I love u noel.....tunsie

tunsie said...

saturday 1 jan,11....9-12.....tom goehring with the go trio.......I love u noel.....tunsie

tachitup said...

Thanks for the info, tunsie, I think I'll stop by.
But you need to keep the love fest with Noel and El down to once a week or so...we know you love them.
She's crazy.

tunsie said...

My mother tried to tell the doctor that I was crazy but he didnt believe her......I love U noel....tunsie

Anonymous said...

There is a light at the corner of pine and warren?

doesn't sound right.

noel jones said...

Anon--good point--I'll have to drive by and go look--maybe it wasn't a light and they were just slowed down and waiting to turn?

Anonymous said...

light? like a traffic light? NO, there isn't a traffic light there, it's a corner of two alleyways!
if a car was sitting there, they most likely were picking someone up/dropping off, or buying drugs.
don't be surprised when it turns out it was a drug deal gone bad, but the woman called it a robbery.
P.S. I know Noel asked us anonymous people to identify ourselves, but too many people know me, I can't afford to do that and still speak my mind.

noel jones said...

Anon 7:16--i understand if people want to remain anonymous, but what i'm asking is that people at least take a moniker, i.e. "tachitup" or "darkesthour" and some of the other commenters out there who remain anonymous but we can follow a conversation between the two, rather than everyone being named Anonymous.

It also makes it much easier for me to answer commenters, because I don't have to look up the time they posted and call them "Anon 7:16", etc.

Please consider taking a moniker--thanks!

tunsie said...

i yuv noel......anonymous