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Roxen Road Defendants to Appear in Court Friday

Court date marks the first time the trio will appear in court together.

The three Rockville Centre teenagers who allegedly assaulted a resident on Roxen Road back in June are heading to court Friday.

William Moore, Matthew Diperna and Kevin Coyle have all been charged with second-degree gang assault — a C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. They are set to appear in Nassau County First District Court on Friday.

Previous court dates have been adjourned multiple times for the three defendants, but Friday marks the first time that the trio is set to appear in court on the same day.

Moore and Diperna, both 18, were arrested one day apart, mere hours from their South Side High School graduation. Coyle, also 18, was arrested three weeks later at his home after the Rockville Centre and Nassau County Police departments discovered his involvement through a joint investigation.

According to police, the assault happened when the wife of the victim was walking her dog on Nottingham Road and 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 Mercy Medical Center where he was treated for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw.

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John R. Lewis Jr., the attorney for DiPerna, told Patch in July that the his client is innocent and that the victim was responsible for the start of the physical altercation.

"It is my contention that the alleged victim was not looking for an apology, but started the physical altercation," he said. "... I believe these boys will be vindicated at the end of the day."

Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murray spoke out after the incident, stating that he would not tolerate behavior like this in the village.

"I try to be a calm and reserved man, but I must admit that this outrageous assault has my blood boiling," Murray said. "I am infuriated that such a thing could happen in our village."

tgerrato October 25, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Stop threatening to move out of Rockville centre and move. What's stopping you? Unless you have real suggestions to make to help the village be quiet!
LeeAnne Paesano October 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Yeah the 5 towns is a great alternative! Grew up there and and hated every minute of it!! Have you looked in your town lately? It used be a great town and now its a ghost town on saturday so I guess thats why you come to our town. Believe me Mommy and Daddy always took care of their kids in Hewlett with all there money with brand new cars and nose jobs for the girls during christmas vacation. So look in your own backyard before you comment on mine!! RVC is a great place to bring up your kids. Because of one situation doesn't make this a bad town. All towns have had bad situations at one time or another even your Hewlett!
LeeAnne Paesano October 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@ tgerrato AMEN!!!
mary October 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM
This is a very sad situation all around. No one can win here. Not the victim because great damage has been done to them and not the families of these kids. I am sure these parents are in great pain dealing with this situation but are their kids? Do they have remorse for what they have done? Do they stay up at night feeling bad or is it just their parents losing sleep? I do not know what should happen to them but, at the very least they should be ashamed that they did such a terraible act to another human being.
SSHS87_MENCH October 25, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Ghost towns Saturday? Most people are attending services. While people in RVC are roaming the streets with Budwiesers and children in the 5 towns walk around with Torah's. What's your beef LeeAnne?

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