Posted on | September 26, 2013 | 21 Comments
A 21-year-old woman was seriously injured Wednesday in White Plains, N.Y., when a homeless man who had been panhandling at the train station pushed her in front of a commuter train:
The suspect — Howard J. Mickens, 39, who lives in a White Plains shelter — was charged with second-degree attempted homicide, police told 1010 WINS.
The victim, who was not identified, was being treated at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
The victim is a Hunter College student.
Like so many of the “homeless,” Mickens is a career criminal:
According to MTA police, Mickens has 11 previous arrests, including five that were described as alleged violent felonies. He has several convictions, but officials could not provide an exact number.
Most people don’t realize that, according to some studies, about half of the “homeless” population have criminal records. Many others have substance-abuse issues or are mentally ill. I described the extent of this problem in an article 10 years ago:
A survey conducted [in 2001] by the Boston Rescue Mission found that 49 percent of their clients said they had criminal records, and 32 percent said they had spent time in prison, while 12 percent said they were discharged directly from a prison to a shelter.
A study in Cambridge, Mass., found that the homeless, though 0.5 percent of the population, accounted for 10 percent of all arrests during a two-year period — including 40 arrests for assault or aggravated assault, 18 for burglary, eight for robbery, 54 for shoplifting, 18 for sale or possession of narcotics, and one for rape.
In Los Angeles, a police sweep of the homeless in December  resulted in 214 arrests, including the capture of more than 100 parole violators.
Why can’t we do anything about this problem? Because the liberal media won’t tell the truth about it, that’s why. By presenting the “homeless” as helpless victims of society, the media create sympathy for dopeheads, nutjobs and thugs who are a persistent menace to public safety and need to be locked up somewhere.