2008-12-26 / Top Stories

Second Woman Comes Forward On Wolfpack Attack

Says Fiancé Playing Cards At Time Of Attack
By Howard Schwach

A second woman has come forward to complain that one of the four men arrested in the wolfpack attack on an Arverne man on December 4 was nowhere near the scene when the attack took place.

Tracy Andrews, who said that she is the fiancée of Wayne Wolfe, 28, told The Wave on Monday morning that Wolfe was playing cards in an apartment in the Hammel Houses complex when the attack took place.

"He wasn't there," she said. "One of his co-workers testified that he was playing cards, but because he had a record, the cops wouldn't listen to him."

Andrews was the second woman to come forward. Last week the mother of Malik Connor, 19, said that her son had been misidentified by the victim, Arverne man Tyrone Neal, 23, who was beaten and robbed by a wolfpack in front of 66-16 Beach Channel Drive at about 6:30 p.m. on December 4.

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.

Andrews tells a similar story. She says that Wolfe had been arrested earlier in the year for shooting another man, but the charges had been dropped.

She says that police told Wolfe that they could not find his personal identification, which had been vouchered after his earlier arrest.

"The cops told him that they had found the receipt for his ID," she said, "and when he came over, they arrested him. They told him that somebody had picked him out of a book and they arrested him just like that."

"He didn't even know the other people who were arrested, didn't ever see any of them. How can they arrest him just like that?"

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says that Connor and Wolfe were two of the four men who were identified as being part of a larger wolfpack that attacked Neal.

The other men charged in the assault and robbery are 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.

Neal 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 arrests, which were made independently at separate 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 in Queens Supreme Court on December 7, charged with robbery and assault.

Each was ordered held on $10,000 bail.

The 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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