Four Teens Arrested In Mill Basin Bias Attack
NYPD spokesperson Police Officer Doris Garcia told the Canarsie Courier that the youths, two 11-year-olds, a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old, were picked up during the weekend and Monday.
“The four students were walking on Veterans Avenue not far from Roy H. Mann Intermediate School 78 at about 2:40 p.m.,” said Garcia, although she did not confirm the students attended that school. “They came upon the 12-year-old in front of 6511 Veterans Avenue and that’s when they yelled out a lot of anti-white statements, pushed the boy to the ground and took his cell phone.”
Garcia said the boy was able to identify his attackers and all were charged with robbery and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
The case is still being investigated by the NYPD’s Bias Squad.
The names of the suspects and that of the victim were not divulged because of their age.
In a published report, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said the department has noted that bias crimes are up in the area this year. He told the New York Post the department “takes hate crimes very seriously.”
In August, a black man was allegedly beaten on East 68th Street in Mill Basin by a group of white men yelling racial epithets.
Since then, police have kept a special watch on the local neighborhoods, according to the Post’s article.