2009-06-25 / Front Page

SEVEN ARRESTED IN FLATLANDS AVE. MELEE

By Charles Rogers

On Wednesday, June 17 at about 4 p.m. a melee broke out on Flatlands Avenue during which seven were arrested and at least two men were stabbed and beaten. White arrow points out bloody stick and small baseball bat used in fight. Photos by Charles Rogers On Wednesday, June 17 at about 4 p.m. a melee broke out on Flatlands Avenue during which seven were arrested and at least two men were stabbed and beaten. White arrow points out bloody stick and small baseball bat used in fight. Photos by Charles Rogers One man was stabbed and another suffered cuts and bruises when they tried to stop a gang of teenagers who were fighting and chasing the son of one of the men along Flatlands Avenue on June 17, police said.

Sixty-Ninth Precinct police were dispatched to East 83rd Street and Flatlands Avenue after witnesses called on cell phones and said they saw "at least four or five teenagers with sticks and clubs chasing some other boys" at about 4 p.m.

When officers arrived in force moments later, they saw both victims on the corner, with one 26- year-old suffering from a stab wound to his right torso and the other man, 34, bleeding from severe lacerations to his arm and hand. Cops did not reveal the names of the victims.

The wounded men said they were attacked as they tried to intervene when they saw the 13-yearold son of one of them being chased by the gang, including one armed with a knife. He was the one who allegedly used it on the 26-year-old.

The police quickly disbursed the crowd, which seemed to be growing and becoming more malicious, and then rounded up and arrested three adults and four teens, charging them with assault in various degrees.

The two victims were taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service ambulance. Police said their wounds were not life threatening.

They also found a number of weapons allegedly used in the attacks, including pieces of wood and a small baseball bat with blood on it.

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How can anyone say something constructive about an event like this? Four adults and three teens
chasing one 13-year-old? Insanity is running rampant!
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