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Five Men Charged In Local Deli Destruction

Five Men Charged In Local Deli Destruction


By Brian Magoolaghan

The five men who authorities say threw glass bottles at one other and turned a local deli upside down during a recent nighttime brawl are due back in court this week, according to the district attorney’s office.

Police arrested the men, between the age of 24 and 33, after a melee broke out in the 24-hour Rockaway Express Deli and Grocery, on Beach 54 Street, on the night of January 11. A store employee told police the men hurled glass beer bottles at one another and ripped other food packages from the store shelves – leaving the floor covered with broken glass, alcohol and food.

Kenneth Gaines, Demar Holmes, Rashaun Ferguson and James Wimms were charged with fourth degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, according to court records. Their bail was set at $1,500 by Queens Criminal Court Judge Steven W. Paynter.

The fifth defendant, Jimmy Hall, faces an additional charge for marijuana possession, records show. Police said they found a bag of the controlled substance in one of his pants pockets. He was released on his own recognizance.

It was not clear what sparked the alleged brawl, but records show it resulted in more than $300 in damages. Another store worker, who said he did not witness the incident, told The Wave this week that a significant amount of merchandise was destroyed.

Three of the defendants, Gaines, Fer guson and Wimms all have Rock away addresses; Hall is from Brooklyn and Holmes has a Pennsylvania address.


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