Sunday, May 03, 2015

100-plus New Square residents block 4 teen egg-throwers: Cops 

Ramapo police arrested four teenagers for allegedly throwing eggs at residents and shouting a curse word at Jews during an early morning drive through the Hasidic Jewish village.

Those arrested - three males and a female from Nanuet and Pearl River - were detained by more than 100 residents who packed the street and formed a wall around a black 2014 Toyota Corolla until Ramapo police arrived after 2:38 a.m. Sunday, Lt. Rob Lancia said.

"New Square has active volunteers who secure the village and there were hundreds of residents surrounding this vehicle," Lancia said. "They just formed a human wall and prevented them from leaving."

All four were charged with a misdemeanor count of second-degree aggravated harassment, Ramapo police Sgt. Chris Franklin said.

Lancia said the charge references harassing people based on their religion, gender, race and sexual preference. The egg throwing didn't fall under the state's hate crime law, which would rise to a felony.

"The crime was done with hate involved," especially with the shouted comment, Lancia said.

There were no injuries or property damage, he said.

Police only identified the two 19-year-olds: The driver, Daniel Brophy of Pearl River and Catherine Donnelly of Nanuet.

The others - a Nanuet 16-year-old and a Pearl River 18-year-old - are automatically eligible for youthful offender status on a misdemeanor charge and their names would be sealed, Lancia said.

The officers found the four sitting in a car at 2:38 a.m. along Washington Avenue, the village's main road to enter and exit the community.

The four were being held Sunday in the Ramapo police lock up pending arraignment.


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