Assaulted, Robbed On Way Home From PS 42
Police are searching for four men in their twenties in connection with a series of assaults and robberies of young children coming home from the after-school program at PS 42 in Arverne, The Wave has learned.
Those sources, both in the police department and in the community, say that there have been at least three incidents since Thanksgiving in which the four have taken money and other valuables from students after hitting them and dragging them along the ground.
Police say that on November 27, two young boys, aged twelve and ten, were walking home nearby the Beach 67 Street school when they were accosted by the four men at Beach 66 and Thursby Avenue.
The two, whose identity is being withheld by The Wave because of their age and their proximity to the area, were told to “run your stuff and your pockets.”
One of the men, described as more than six feet tall, picked up the ten-year-old and slammed him to the ground, shaking two quarters from his pocket.
The older boy was grabbed by the hood of his sweatshirt and dragged along the ground, choking him and tearing the hood off the shirt, police say.
The mother of one of the boys who was assaulted told The Wave that one of the assailants told them, “We’re Bloods, and you better give us all your stuff.”
She said that the boys were assaulted when it turned out they had nothing but a few coins.
That parent said that a 16-year-old girl had been beaten at that spot around the same time, but police sources could not find a report detailing that assault.
Police say that one of the problems in dealing with this kind of activity is that the parents do not come forward to file a report. A local source urges all crime victims to come to the local precinct to file a report about the crime.