Just three days after a group of Rockville Centre teens allegedly a 44-year-old village resident so badly they broke his ribs and put him in the hospital, police have arrested two seniors and charged them with gang assault.
William Moore, 18, was arrested on June 20 and Matthew Diperna, 18, was arrested on June 21. Each was charged with second-degree gang assault — a C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
According to a spokesman from First District Court, Moore was released on bail and DiPerna was released on his own recognizance.
Police gave this account of what happened:
The wife of the assault victim was walking her dog on Nottingham Road when she was verbally accosted by five to eight young men. She ran home and told her husband of the incident, and the two drove around the neighborhood looking for the men to demand an apology.
They found the group on Roxen Road, which is where the assault took place, police said. Neighbors who heard the disturbance called police at 11:55 p.m. The men fled before police arrived and Nassau County detectives were called in to join the investigation.
The man was transported by Rockville Centre police to where he was treated for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw.
Abdul Bird continued to fight for his life last week as he remained in critical condition at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at North Shore-LIJ, a full day after the Long Beach Middle School student was .
Michelle Pinto, a spokesperson for the hospital where Bird was transferred after the accident, told Patch late Thursday that the 14-year-old boy is now in critical but stable condition. And Miguel Rodriguez, Bird’s wrestling coach at the middle school, said he visited him at hospital on Wednesday and that he showed signs of improvement.
The 14-year-old eighth grader was supposed to take part in his school’s graduation ceremony Wednesday, and was on his way to rehearsal on Tuesday when he was skateboarding on Lido Boulevard at Greenway Road and was hit by a motorist driving a Mercedes-Benz sports utility vehicle at about 7:55 a.m., according to Nassau County Police Department.
After the accident, in which a Long Beach firefighter who was driving a city bus spotted the boy lying bloodied in the road and rushed to assist him, Bird was transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where he was listed in critical condition. Later Wednesday, he was transferred to North Shore-LIJ.
A group of armed men held up the in Rockville Centre early Thursday afternoon and made off with a slew of high-priced electronics, police said.
According to detectives, three black men entered the Radio Shack at 264 Sunrise Highway around 2:15 p.m. At least one of them brandished a long-barreled revolver and announced the robbery.
Police said employees were forced to the rear of the store while the three men bagged high-priced electronics including cell phones, gaming systems and iPad tablets. The subjects then fled with the merchandise out the front door and into a light-colored, older model SUV with Florida plates.
Police were notified by a witness who tried to chase the robbers. The witness was impeded by two additional subjects in a second vehicle — a yellow, 2012 Chevrolet Camaro — that continually blocked the path of the witness' car.
The two subjects in the Camaro, Jamar Parker, 28, of Hempstead, and KaJuan Crawley, 25, of Brooklyn, were eventually stopped by responding First Precinct officers on Fulton and North Franklin avenues in Hempstead and arrested without further incident.
After a subsequent investigation by Robbery Squad detectives, Parker and Crawley were linked that occurred at the T-Mobile store, located at 590 Hempstead Turnpike in West Hempstead, on June 20 at 12:50 p.m.
Detectives are requesting anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are confidential and all callers will remain anonymous.
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