Teen Duo Beat, Rob Far Rockaway Man On Redfern Ave
By Howard Schwach
Two 16-year-olds were arrested late last month after they allegedly beat and robbed a complete stranger on a Far Rockaway street, according to court records.
Jammel Pridgen and Jimmy Stafford, both of 2240 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, went up to Enny Bentura, who was walking at the corner of Redfern Avenue and Nameoke Street at about 12:30 p.m. on January 30, and demanded his cash.
Stafford allegedly punched Bentura in the face; Pridgen is accused of pushing Bentura down to the ground. Once their victim was down, Pridgen repeatedly kicked and punched him, inflicting a bloody nose and a split lip, according to court records.
While Bentura was on the ground, sources say, Stafford rifled through his pockets removing a black Apple iPod and an undisclosed amount of money. The two then fled the scene, leaving their victim on the ground.
But police in Far Rockaway, responding to a call of "man down," caught Pridgen Stafford near by and recovered the pricey electronic gadget and his cash.
Both teens were arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on January 31. They were each charged with robbery in the second degree and criminal possession of stolen property, court records show.
They were held on $7,500 bond or $5,000 cash.
A spokesperson for District Attorney Richard Brown said that Strafford posted his bail, but Pridgen did not.
They are next due in court on February 14.