October 3, 2022

They’re refusing to roll over.

A dogged group of Park Slope pup lovers is forming a Guardian Angels-style safety group in and around Prospect Park in the aftermath of an unhinged hobo’s unprovoked attack on a woman and her pooch, which died of its injuries.

The “Park Slope Panthers” aim to “take the neighborhood back” — and prevent it from going to the dogs.

“In light of people feeling unsafe to use Prospect Park due to recent attacks of both people and dogs, in one case resulting in the death of a dog; and in light of the epidemic of packages being stolen from stoops and lobbies, we want to form a neighborhood watch,”MeetUp description for the newly formed Group. “The goal is to be eyes and ears and to take our neighborhood back.”

Moose was attacked and killed by a Prospect Park homeless man.
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The group hopes to avoid repeating the same fate as the one that killed Moose.
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The patrol’s preliminary meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10. More than 12 people have already signed up. They said they would attend.

The group is the brainchild of Kristian Nammack, 59, a Park Slope resident and Quaker who first floated the idea on Aug 20, two weeks after Jessica Chrustic and her 2-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever mix, Moose were attacked.

Chrustic said the attacker is a vagrant who lives next to a dumpster in the parking lot by the park’s picnic house and that police have repeatedly refused to remove him. The Post received photos that showed the alleged assailant in a black hoodie, carrying a huge stick, and according to Chrustic. She claimed she had shared photos with police “at least a half dozen times.”

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Nammack cited the Guardian Angels — the beret-wearing civilian patrol group formed in 1979 by Curtis Sliwa amid Gotham’s crime epidemic — as a potential model for the new group.

Nammack said that the group will be getting uniforms in the near future.
Kristian Nammack was the founder of Park Slope Panthers.
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“We may also get to wear cool berets. I’m being serious. And we go through some self-defense training, work in pairs, etc,”Nammack wrote about Nextdoor. There’s a logo and T-shirts in the works, he added.

It’s unclear whether dogs — in Moose’s honor– will be part of the patrol, but Nammack said all ideas would be on the table — including a name change.

“I was speaking with a few neighbors and we talked about starting a neighborhood watch. We are currently researching what that means, what is effective, how to involve the local infrastructure — law enforcement, local politicians, PTA groups, Citibike, Uber Eats, etc,”He said.

Nammack stated that Nammack had been in touch National Neighborhood Watch, a division of the National Sheriffs’ Association for guidance on best practices. “I do not intend this to be a rogue group and definitely not vigilante,”He insisted.

Sliwa, a famous animal lover, said he was ready to throw the group a bone, or whatever help they need.

Source: NYC group plans Guardian Angels police patrol to protect pets

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