2006-06-30 / Front Page

Chinese Deliveryman Shanghaied In Edgemere

By Brian Magoolaghan

A teenage boy was arrested at the Ocean Bay Houses this week after he and two others ordered Chinese food and allegedly Shanghaied the deliveryman - stripping him of the food and personal items, including his bike, cell phone and cash.

The alleged plot started at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a female caller ordered three lunches from the New Garden Restaurant on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 43 Street. The female met the delivery man outside 40-20 Beach Channel Drive, but instead of the usual food-for-money exchange, a teenage boy put a chokehold on the deliveryman from behind, according to law enforcement sources.

Early reports said a knife was used in the attack, but The Wave could not confirm that detail. The teenage boy and another male accomplice allegedly dragged the deliveryman into the lobby of the building, where they went through his pockets and stole $18 in cash and his cell phone, sources said. They also took his bicycle and the food: two orders of sesame chicken and an order of fried chicken wings with pork fried rice totaling $22.50, according a female employee at the restaurant who identified herself as Sue.

Police were called and later arrested a 15-year-old boy, who is charged with robbery and possession of stolen property. He did not possess a knife when he was apprehended and does not face weapons-related charges. His name is being withheld by law enforcement sources because of his age. Police say said they had the female suspect's telephone number, which was used to identify her. She had not been arrested at press time. The other male involved was not apprehended.

The deliveryman suffered a cut on his elbow and a neck injury in the attack, sources said. He was back to work on Thursday and the restaurant was still making deliveries to Ocean Bay and other addresses in the area.

"We're still making deliveries," Sue told The Wave. "If not we don't have business."

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