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With assaults up in NYC, community activist offers pepper spray in Chinatown

New Yorkers are leaping on the probability to snag free cans of pepper spray, as random assaults proceed to climb in town.

Over the previous two Thursdays, a community activist handed out almost 100 cannisters of pepper spray in Chinatown to weak New Yorkers.

“Random attacks against women can’t be the new norm,” Chinatown Block Watch founder Karlin Chan, 67, who handed out 94 canisters on Mulberry and Mott streets, instructed The Post. “The 70s were never this bad.”

A photo of Evelyn Garcia with pepper spray she got during the giveaway.
Upper East Side resident Evelyn Garcia, who was accosted whereas attempting to board a “C” prepare final week, took pepper spray for herself and buddies. Helayne Seidman

The takers included an area crossing guard, an 18-year-old feminine John Jay College pupil and a fearful dad, Stan Moy, 64, a retired postal employee.

“We need to be a little more vigilant,” Moy stated.

“It [pepper spray] makes me feel safer,” added pupil Emily Guaba, who commutes to John Jay from Long Island through prepare and subway. “You never know what could happen. Especially out here.”

Karen Wong, 75, of Chinatown, who took a cannister whereas strolling alongside Mott Street, stated she’s been harassed and assaulted in the previous, however declined to elaborate.

Upper East Side resident Evelyn Garcia — who heard concerning the giveaway and made the trek particularly to get the pepper spray — took 5 canisters for herself and buddies.

She stated she was accosted May 11 by a hulking 6-foot-3 man who tried to dam her from boarding a C prepare after she unintentionally ran into him.

A photo of Karen Wong, 75, with a cannister of pepper spray.
Karen Wong, 75, stated she has been harassed and attacked in the previous, took a canister of pepper spray throughout a “pop-up”
giveaway. Helayne Seidman
A photo of Chinatown Block 
Watch founder Karlin Chan, 67, who handed out 94 pepper spray cannisters 
on Mulberry and Mott streets.
Chinatown Block Watch founder Karlin Chan, 67, handed out 94 pepper spray canisters
on Mulberry and Mott streets. Helayne Seidman
A photo of an NYPD auxiliary patrol car in Chinatown.
Felony assaults are up 7% yr so far in the fifth Precinct, which covers Chinatown, whereas misdemeanor assaults have spiked 35%, NYPD knowledge reveals.  Helayne Seidman

She kept the thug at bay by shouting, but fears for her safety riding the rails.

“Women and the elderly should definitely have it [pepper spray]. It’s added protection.” she said.

Felony assaults are up 7% year to date (73 from 68) in the 5th Precinct, which covers Chinatown, while misdemeanor assaults have spiked 35% (153 from 113) and retail theft has soared 43% (361 from 253), NYPD data through May 12 show. 

Across the city, felony assaults are up 4% (9,755 from 9,363) and misdemeanor assaults spiked 7% (15,962 from 14,972), the data show.

It’s illegal to ship pepper spray here.

A photo of Evelyn Garcia walking along Mott Street in Chinatown.
“Random attacks against women can’t be the new norm,” stated Chan. Helayne Seidman
A photo of a cannister of pepper spray in a woman's hand.
It’s unlawful to ship pepper spray right here. But it’s not unlawful to personal it or use it in sure circumstances of self-defense. Helayne Seidman

But it’s not unlawful to personal it or use it in sure circumstances of self-defense.

Chan stated he’s distributed greater than 6,000 donated canisters to weak New Yorkers because the pandemic began.

His plan is to proceed the “pop-up” giveaways, with the goal demographic being “younger mobile women who commute to work by subway, bus or walk.”

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