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Teens Arrested in Melee at Tuckahoe Carnival

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – An unruly gathering of several hundred people on the street outside the Immaculate Conception Church Carnival in Tuckahoe led to two teens being arrested and one Eastchester police officer in the hospital with a knee injury.

Dozens of fights broke out on Winter Hill Road outside of the carnival shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday. It took police from Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Yonkers, Bronxville, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and Metro-North Railroad about an hour to break up the incidents.

Tuckahoe police Lt. Ray Stabile said it was important that enough officers responded so they could avoid a riot similar to one that occurred at the carnival two years ago.

“We generally find that problems occur when we get large groups from out of town. That’s when we get the most problems,” he said. “We didn’t want a repeat of what occurred two years ago. We wanted to get all officers dispatched to make sure the groups of youths were safe from one another.”

A 16-year-old Yonkers boy was charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault after he was seen striking numerous people in the crowd and fought with an Eastchester officer, police said. When the officer tried to stop him, the teen repeatedly struck the officer, brawling with him onto the ground, where the officer injured his knee. He was taken to the hospital while Tuckahoe police arrested the teenager.

A second 16-year-old Yonkers boy was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest after he shoved an officer checking on a severely intoxicated 15-year-old girl, police said.

Officers saw the girl, from the Bronx, lying on the ground, unable to stand. She was unsteady on her feet and severely slurring her words, prompting police to take her to Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville. While officers were dealing with the intoxicated girl, the 16-year-old boy shoved one of them, prompting his arrest by Tuckahoe police.

Both teens are eligible for youthful offender status, which gives defendants between the ages of 16 and 18 the opportunity to avoid having a permanent criminal record for youthful indiscretions.

Stabile said these types of incidents can be avoided if parents look after their children more closely, or at all, during similar public events.

“They need more supervision. We end up with these large groups of teens that were just dropped off by their parents and left there,” he said. “With no supervision, it leads to unruly groups which can lead to trouble.”

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