Beaten, Robbed on Boardwalk
Several teens were beaten and robbed of their cell phones on the boardwalk at Beach 84 Street on May 7, according to the father of one of the teen.
Robert Volkens, an MTA employee, told The Wave this week his son, Austin was on the boardwalk, taking part in a party-driven scavenger hunt that required them to take photos of multiple items, with seven or eight friends, at about 4 p.m. on May 7 when they were confronted by a large group of teens.
“They were up on the boardwalk taking pictures when a large group of black kids approached them and asked for the time,” Volkens said. “Then, without any provocation, they attacked three of the kids who were showing their cell phones and took the phones and iPods.”
Volkens said that the victims were punched in the face and then kicked when they went down.
“I went to the [police] precinct, and they told me that there were more robberies in the same area,” Volkens said. “We rode around with the cops looking for the teens, but we only saw one of them, who did not take part in the assault. The cops arrested him on other charges.”
He told The Wave on Monday that the police are well aware of what is going on, but that many of the victims are afraid to speak out because they fear retribution from the gang that attacked them
He added that a number of the boys who were attacked have told him that they have to walk home from school each day and would not identify their attackers.
“The parents should really set up a community patrol like the one they had in Bayswater,” Volkens said. “The police take no preventative measures. They wait until something happens and then they clean up the mess and make arrests. We have to do something ourselves before one of our kids gets shot or stabbed.”
Local police sources say that they are aware of the problem and are working to solve it.