Seventh Teen Arrested In Lake Nanuet Fight

Police report a seventh youth, a New City 18-year-old, was arrested earlier this week in connection with large fight involving bats and a knife at Lake Nanuet


Clarkstown Police said an 18-year-old from New City was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the fight between 30 high school and college students at Lake Nanuet on Saturday, Jan. 12.  Four teens from Pearl River and Nanuet were injured in the fight during which baseball bats and a knife were used and were taken to the hospital.

The New City youth has been charged with third degree assault, a misdemeanor. Police are withholding the teen’s name because he is eligible for youthful offender status.  He was released and is scheduled to appear in Clarkstown Justice Court on Wednesday, Feb. 6. 

Seven youths from New City and Congers have now been arrested. According to police, the brawl involved 30 male teens, aged 17 and 18, from Clarkstown North and Nanuet high schools. Police have filed charges including attempted gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon against the six previously arrested.  They have pending court dates on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Clarkstown Justice Court.  

Tony T January 24, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Under the CPL do the police have the authority to withold a YO's name because he may be eligible for YO treatment? Can the names of those eligible be obtained under FOIL?
Pat January 24, 2013 at 05:10 PM
It's not their call. The court makes that determination after the police file their affidavit aka their "accusatory instrument" and no it isn't available under FOIL because the records are sealed.
Pat January 24, 2013 at 05:15 PM
YO's are for those arrested between the ages of 15-19. You can arrest them all you want and charge them as adults but they still may be eligible for YO status as far as the court proceeding and the release of their information.
Suzanne Vondracek Panaro January 24, 2013 at 06:00 PM
CPL 720.35 Youthful Offender Confidential/Sealing "Youth" means a person charged with a crime alleged to have been committed when he/she was at least sixteen years old & less than nineteen years old. Youthful Offender status is granted at sentencing in the interest of justice & is meant to relieve the eligible youth from the onus of having a criminal record. The records are automatically sealed upon a youthful offender adjudication. All official records and papers on file with court or police agency or the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) are sealed. Confidential Records under CPL 720.
Tony T January 24, 2013 at 07:22 PM
If you are correct CPL 720 only concerns after adjudication then where did BenRound get his information?
Tony T January 24, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Sealed pre adjudication?
Suzanne Vondracek Panaro January 24, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I don't know. That's why I posted that.
Rob January 25, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Feeling very blessed right now knowing that my teenage kids would never ever be involved in anything like this. When I was a new parent, I was always thinking that perhaps other parents knew more then I did. However, as time went on, I realized some many parents have no clue which is probably why these kids are so angry and end up in gang fights. Tough man love does not work folks. This is why your kids ended up this way. Bet you everyone of those kids come from broken homes or have Dads who think their kid will turn Gay if they don't use a military like parent method to raise their boys...
Tony T January 25, 2013 at 09:03 AM
All well and good but policy does not trump the law! Where is it in the CPL or where does the CPL give the police the authority to se such policy?
Andromachos January 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM
However, if you try to FOIL a matter that is pending, many police departments will most often not respond and use the excuse that the matter is under investigation.
Andromachos January 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM
The record can also be sealed, pre-adjudication at the request of the attorneys, and then it is the Court's call.
Marianne Reilly January 25, 2013 at 02:19 PM
@Rob, never say never.....
Suzanne Vondracek Panaro January 25, 2013 at 07:44 PM
The names of the arrested were released today on lohud.com!
Issy January 25, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Rob, don't kid yourself, any teenage (including yours) is only one car ride away from such an incident. It is easy to get wound up in the excitement of such events and make stupid decisions. This was a prearranged 'fight', so everyone there knew something was 'going down'. These kids made poor decisions, something we have all done, unfortunately for them and their victims it had dire consequences. To assume that these kids came from broken homes is just plain arrogant and ignores the fact that as a species we are natural violent.
Patricia January 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM
They are eligible Yo's but since it is a felony charge their names can be released, as they should be. The YO's with lesser charges are entitled to have their names withheld. If you're willing to do the crime then you should be willing to stand the consequences!


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