2005-06-24 / Community

Police Nip Beach Brawl In The Bud

By Brian Magoolaghan


Police Officer Louis Brust leads Amanda Colon, 16, to a patrol car.Police Officer Louis Brust leads Amanda Colon, 16, to a patrol car. Cops doused a heated confrontation between a group of teenagers and about 100 fight-hungry spectators last week before it could become a full-blown battle on the beach, The Wave has learned.

Things started to heat up on Beach 116 Street last Wednesday afternoon when Amanda Colon, 16, had a dispute with a 15-year-old girl who was also visiting the beach for the day, police said.

Colon stormed off the sand following the initial argument and quickly returned with a mass of teenagers – some them backup, others eager to see a catfight on the sand, according to police.

Sources said the teens were part of a large, down-for-the-day group, many of whom knew each other from school.

“It looked like the floodgates opened up,” said one officer who responded and later described the scene to The Wave. “It was a wave of people.”

The 15-year-old girl, whose name was not released because she is a minor, was “egged on” by James Robinson, 17, and Terrell Taylor, 18, police said. Taylor allegedly began waving a wooden baseball bat and was “screaming and yelling” at the onlookers, according to court records. But officers Louis Brust and Michael Rosenthal separated and arrested the alleged instigators before violence could erupt.

Taylor, Robinson, Colon and the 15-year-old girl were charged with inciting to riot and disorderly conduct, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s office. Taylor is additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly waving the baseball bat.

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