Anonymous tipsters provided crucial information to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline, resulting in a total payout of $115,600 last year. The tipsters’ assistance led to the resolution of 79 cases in 2023, including a disturbing subway assault on May 21 that left Emine Ozsoy, a 35-year-old commuter, paralyzed from the chest down. The assailant, Kamal Semrade, 39, callously pushed Ozsoy into a moving train at the Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street station on the Upper East Side around 6 a.m.
Following the incident, the NYPD released surveillance images of the alleged attacker, which caught the attention of an observant reader of The Post. This individual promptly submitted a tip to Crime Stoppers, providing crucial information that led to the identification of the suspect. Ozsoy expressed her gratitude, acknowledging the presence of good-hearted people in the city. However, she revealed her intention to leave New York City, describing it as “crazy,” and pursue admission to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in Florida. A GoFundMe campaign has been initiated by friends to assist with her mounting medical expenses.
Ozsoy, an accomplished artist, illustrator, and painter, does not harbor forgiveness for Semrade, who is currently incarcerated on Rikers Island, facing charges of attempted murder and assault. She expressed her anger, hoping that he remains behind bars until his demise, while she continues to recover mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Since its establishment in 1983, Crime Stoppers, a collaborative effort between the NYPD and the non-profit New York City Police Foundation, has disbursed over $3 million in rewards, as reported on the foundation’s website. The hotline has played a pivotal role in solving more than 5,600 violent crimes, including nearly 1,600 cases of murder and attempted murder, according to the foundation’s records. Notably, the total payout to tipsters in 2023 was 33% lower than the previous year, amounting to $172,000, which included a reward split among five individuals who provided information on accused Brooklyn terrorist Frank James.