A gaggle of greater than 20 teenagers attacked a homeless panhandler on a subway practice pulling into Columbus Circle, leaving the sufferer bleeding and with a damaged tooth, authorities stated Sunday.
The gang of 20 to 30 youngsters beat the 29-year-old man begging for cash because the uptown A practice pulled into the 59th St. station in Manhattan at about 9:20 p.m. Saturday, cops stated.
Medics took the injured panhandler to Mount Sinai West hospital.
The teenagers scattered after the practice pulled into the station, however cops nabbed two suspects.
They charged one teen, Justin Moore, 16, of Harlem, with gang assault, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, assault with intent to trigger bodily damage, illegal meeting and disorderly conduct, amongst different offense. Prosecutors declined to cost the opposite.
Authorities described the assault as unprovoked.
Moore’s lawyer and mother each say that whereas he was current, he didn’t assault the sufferer.
“There’s a video of the youngsters who have been stomping the individual. You’ll be able to clearly see one was sporting a tan jacket, one was sporting a blue jacket. That is not my son. He was sporting a black jacket,” stated his mom, Jaclyn Walker.
“My son wasn’t preventing. My son shouldn’t be a fighter,” she added. “And I am not simply saying that as a result of I am his mom. My son takes AP physics, algebra II. He is an honor scholar.”
Moore’s lawyer stated the principal of Democracy Prep, the teenager’s faculty, reached out to see if he might assist the youth.
“The garments he’s sporting tonight, a black jacket with giant patches on it, are the garments he was sporting that night time. However there isn’t any blood anyplace on his jacket,” stated Moore’s lawyer, who didn’t give his identify.
“There isn’t a proof of any variety on him. He denies being concerned. I’ve seen a video on a cellular phone and I do not see the defendant anyplace concerned in that incident.”
Decide Heidi Cezares launched Moore from Manhattan Felony Courtroom on his personal recognizance Sunday night time, spurring Walker to leap up and clap her palms in aid.