Posted at: 09/26/2013 5:21 PM
| Updated at: 09/26/2013 5:29 PM
By: Abigail Bleck
TROY -- Just after 10p Wednesday night, three young men approached a female RPI student in her twenties on Burdett Avenue, across from Troy High. According to police, they demanded her phone and when she didn't hand it over one took what is believed to be the butt of a handgun and beat her. The young woman was treated and released from a Troy hospital.
"There is strength in numbers. Obviously it would be better to be out with a group of people. It is a deterrent to be with a group of friends than by yourself," explains Captain Daniel DeWolf of the Troy Police Department.
According to Troy City Councilman Dean Bodnar and Troy City Council Candidate Jim Gordon, this crime might have been prevented if, in their words, Democratic Mayor Lou Rosamilia deployed the police department "properly."
"We need to take the fight to the criminals. Show them the Troy Police Department means business, because they do and we have in the past," states Gordon.
Both Republicans called for an increase in street patrols plus the re-deployment of the controversial Street Crimes Unit. It was disbanded and Mayor Rosamilia has said in the past he has no plans to revive it.
"You are never going to prevent everything. But the patterns we are seeing, crime spreading...is very disturbing," adds Bodnar.
Bodna admits he originally supported taking the SCU off the street but now says he regrets that decision.
NewsChannel 13 called Mayor Rosamilia's office today but his spokeswoman referred us to the Police Commissioner who did not return our call.
The victim told police the three men who attacked her fled south on Burdett Avenue. If you have any information about the crime, TPD wants to hear from you.