2012-07-05 / Other News

Bias Crime Charged In Marine Park Bus Stop Attack

By Dara Mormile

Site of bus stop assault 
Photo by Sam Akhtar Site of bus stop assault Photo by Sam Akhtar Two teenagers are being charged with a bias crime for allegedly attacking a woman at a bus stop at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue R just outside of Michael’s Restaurant on Tuesday, June 26th. A third teenager is being sought by police for questioning.

Reports state that a 22-year-old white woman was smoking at the B2/B31 bus stop at about 10:30 a.m. when a group of black youths approached her. An altercation ensued and witnesses told police that the girls, two of them age 12 and 13, were heard making racist remarks to the woman. They then allegedly attacked the woman and some reports indicated that the girls pulled the woman’s pants off.

Police responded immediately to the scene where one of the girls was arrested. The following day, a second girl was arrested in relation to the incident. Athird teenager was apparently with them when the attack occurred, but police sources say they do not expect another arrest will be made. The names of the suspects are being withheld because of their age.

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and City Councilman Lew Fidler released a combined statement shortly after the incident calling for increased police patrols in light of the “bias assault.”

“When they are brought to justice, the court should know before sentencing that the crime involved an element of bigotry and prejudice,” the statement said. “Since the alleged perpetrators are all very young, nipping this intolerance and hatred in the bud is even more important and would send a powerful message to their peers that hatred and bigotry of any kind is not acceptable behavior in our society.”

The lawmakers said that, given the recent rash of hate crimes around the community, including two that involved violent assaults, “we are asking Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to beef up patrol strengths in the 61st and 63rd precincts so that people can be reassured that walking the streets of our neighborhood is a fully safe thing to do.”

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