Teens indicted in Crown Heights attack

June 5, 2008 6:03:37 PM PDT
Two teens have been indicted in the robbery and assault of a 16-year-old Jewish teen for his bicycle in Brooklyn.Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the indictments of 17-year-old Namor Clarke and 15-year-old Basean Parker in connection with the robbery and assault in Crown Heights last month.

In the 16-count indictment, the top charges against Parker and Clarke include Assault in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree. If convicted, they could face a maximum of 25 years in prison.

The indictment charges that, on May 15, Clarke and Parker attacked Alon Sherman and stole his cell phone and bicycle, while Sherman, 16, rode his bicycle along Albany Avenue in Crown Heights, to buy his younger brother baby formula. As a result of the attack, Sherman suffered a broken jaw, contusions and lacerations around his left eye socket and had to have his jaw temporarily wired shut.

NYPD officials deemed the attack not racially-motivated, but the Brooklyn District Attorney decided to include it in the investigation of bias crimes currently in front of a grand jury.

Clarke has one prior arrest for robbery.

Authorities say there was no evidence that the assault was linked to the April 14 beating of Andrew Charles, the 20-year-old black son of a police officer. A suspect, Yitzhak Shuchat, was identified as a member of a Hasidic anti-crime patrol.