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Sharks vs. Jets in Clarkstown
Posted January 22nd, 2013

FROM CLARKSTOWN PD

It was like a scene out of West Side Story.

According to Clarkstown PD, on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at approximately 10:05 p.m. police were called to Lake Nanuet after a report of a large fight involving 30 high school and college students, some of whom were reportedly armed with baseball bats and knives.

Upon arrival, officers found numerous injured parties, and recovered baseball bats and a knife. Four victims were transported to Nyack Hospital for treatment of various injuries including cuts, bruises and possible concussions. All victims were treated and released. Names are being withheld for safety purposes but they are as follows: 18-year-old and two 17-year-olds from Pearl River and a 17-year-old from Nanuet.

The Clarkstown Police Detective Bureau (CPDB) determined that the fight involved a group of about 15 students from one high school in Rockland arbitrarily attacking five or six students from another high school in Rockland. Each victim was overpowered by numerous assailants, some of whom used baseball bats as weapons. Six subjects were arrested and all are eligible for youthful offender status. Other arrests are pending.

The six were charged as follows:

A 17-year-old from Congers:  First degree attempted gang assault, second degree assault, and third degree assault;

A 17-year-old from New City: First degree attempted gang assault, second degree assault, and third degree assault;

An 18-year-old from New City:  First degree attempted gang assault, second degree assault, and third degree assault;

An 18-year-old from Congers:  Second degree assault and third degree assault;

A 17-year-old from Congers:  Second degree assault and third degree assault;

A 17-year-old from New City:  Fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon (misdemeanor).    

First degree attempted gang assault and second degree assault are felonies.  Third degree assault is a misdemeanor. All suspects were arraigned before Judge Scott Ugell and released to their parents pending a court date of January 30 in Clarkstown Justice Court.

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