2008-12-19 / Top Stories

Arverne Wolfpack Beats, Robs Local Man

By Howard Schwach

An Arverne youth who took his brother to buy some milk in a local grocery store wound up in jail this week, charged with being part of a wolfpack that beat and robbed a man on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 66 Street on December 4.

Malik Connor, of Hillmeyer Avenue, and his brother had come out of the store and were speaking with some of the older youth's friends when a police car pulled up, Connor's mother, Shannon Connor, told The Wave.

The cops asked the boys for their names and then checked the names on their computer.

Connor's name came up on the computer, showing that there was an open bench warrant in his name for assault and robbery, and he was put under arrest, local police sources say.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says that Connor, 19, was one of four men who were identified as being part of a larger wolfpack that attacked Arverne man Tyrone Neal, 23, in front of 66-16 Beach Channel Drive at about 6:30 p.m. on December 4.

The other three men charged in the assault and robbery are: Wayne Wolfe, 28, of 449 Beach 68 Street; Malik Smith, 24, of 63-07 Beach Channel Drive; and Robert Faison, 21, of 30-10 Lewmay Road, all in Rockaway.

Court records charge that the four, along with several other young men that have not yet been identified, approached and surrounded the victim, knocked him to the ground, repeatedly kicking and punching him in the head and body.

They allegedly then took his digital camera and wallet, which contained an unspecified amount of cash and several credit and debit cards.

Neale suffered bruising, lacerations and contusions to his head and face, as well as a swollen eye and bleeding.

He was transported to the Peninsula Hospital Center, were he reportedly was treated and released.

The victim reportedly looked through a book of photos provided by detectives and picked the four men as the ones who beat and robbed him.

That apparently touched off the stop by police three days later, when Connor was arrested, his mother said.

The others were arrested independently at other locations.

Connor's mother told The Wave on Wednesday that her son could not have been involved in the original assault and robbery.

"Malik was in Manhattan with his girlfriend, watching a movie at the Empire 25 theater on 42 Street, when the assault was taking place," she said. "It was his birthday and they were celebrating."

She added that detectives spoke with his girlfriend, but did not believe her story. Connor's legal aid attorney is looking at the videotapes from the theater to corroborate her son's story, she said.

All four were arraigned on December 7, charged with robbery and assault.

Each was ordered held on $10,000 bail. A spokesperson for DA Brown said that, if convicted of the top count of the indictment, each of the defendants could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

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