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Teenage Suspect Arrested in Recent Staten Island Hate Crime Incident

Monday, August 02, 2010

Police say they've arrested a suspect in the latest alleged bias attack against Latinos on Staten Island. The NYPD says the suspect is 15 years old and is facing charges of second degree robbery, which includes assault and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.  

Police say they are looking for at least one other suspect in the beating of an 18-year-old Latino man. Earlier reports said four or five people attacked the victim, beating him, robbing him and yelling anti-Mexican slurs. He was treated for injuries and released.

According to police, this is the tenth possible bias attack in Staten Island against a Mexican immigrant since April.

The incident came despite increased police patrols in the Port Richmond neighborhood. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has dismissed installing video surveillance cameras to reduce crime. "If I thought that it was as simple as putting cameras up, I would find some place in the budget to pay for it. It is a lot more complex than that," Bloomberg says.

The NYPD has deployed a 15-person hate crime task force, including two portable SkyWatch towers to conduct surveillance and they have sent officers of Mexican descent to the area.

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Teresa Aviles

It is nice that they are taking care of these crimes against Mexicans but when my 15 year old grandson was beaten by a group of Hispanic males the police just drove by, saw him bleeding from the head and kept driving. He was taken to the hospital where he received stitches in his head and was diagnosed as having a broken hand. Since the police did not come to him he was taken by his mother to the precinct where he filed an assault report which was closed immediately without any detectives interviewing him. That tells me a lot about justice in Staten Island. If it had been the other way around he would have received some measure of justice.

Aug. 03 2010 10:45 AM
Jessie from Brooklyn

Your discussion about the meeting in Port Richmond during Morning Edition was fine and appropriately nuanced. But when you report on this story in the news cast you have often included an audio cut from a Staten Island resident who says these aren't bias crimes. I don't think that "man on the street" cuts are appropriate here...people who didn't witness these crimes and don't know much about the story aren't authorities on what actually happened, and their opinions are not relevant to the newscast. I could understand them being a part of a larger feature or a two-way...

Aug. 03 2010 08:43 AM

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