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Cops Arrest Bike-Riding Teens After A Mugging
by Staff | Aug 27, 2013 12:35 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
After weeks of hearing about groups of teens committing crimes on bikes in and around Goffe Street Park, police have made an arrest.
They arrested three 15-year-old boys accused of participating in a mugging of another teen boy near the park.
The arrest occurred last Wednesday night, according to top Beaver Hills cop Sgt. Max Joyner.
He said a group of nine teens on bicycles approached a boy who was on foot at Goffe and County streets, right by the entrance to the park, around 8:30 p.m. One of the cyclists motioned to his waistband to signal he had a gun. They ordered the boy to empty his pockets. The cyclists took an iPod from the boy, then fled toward Whalley Avenue.
The boy alerted police. Officers came to speak to him. Meanwhile, other officers reported a group of boys on bikes at the McDonald’s nearby on Whalley Avenue.
The officers took the boy to the McDonald’s. The boy identified three of the teens there as having participated in the mugging. The police arrested them; each of the boys is 15.
For weeks now, teens associated with the Slut Wave gang have been committing crimes while cycling in packs, according to Sgt. Joyner. He said he suspects the boys arrested may be part of the group, that they haven’t yet admitted to it.
While police investigate further, Joyner said, he plans to contact the arrested boys’ parents to inform them of what the kids are up to as well as to see if the families need any help. “They’re in jail at the moment,” Joyner said of the teens. “At some point they’re going to come out.”
Tags: kids on bikes, Max Joyner
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Slut Wave?!? Seriously? This is what gangs have reduced to calling themselves these days? Good Lord!
Now arrest their parents for not paying attention to what their kids were up too. Maybe if the parents get arrested too the will pay more attention.
Yes, parents are suppose to telepathically monitor their children every moment of the day. I suppose we start arresting parents too every time a kid is caught underage drinking.
Anyways, Slut Wave would make a good name for a riot grrrl band
Slutwave is actually a girl pop music genre (using the term loosely here), but that’s not really that important in the grand scheme of this article.
Regarding the comments about the parents, yes, they SHOULD be arrested for their kids’ outrageous behavior. It’s one thing to not know what your teenager is up to 24/7 (who does, really?), but another thing entirely to raise a kid who thinks it’s okay to mug people. In fact there’s really no comparison, is there? If your parenting standards are that absent, perhaps a serious encounter with the law would prove a reality check.
Yes, muggers were raised to muggers by their parents. Truly why people with great parents never wind up committing crime.
Nothing from 1 Union or City Hall lately about Project Longevity, hows that been going, no updates.
Excellent work SGT. JOYNER ...hopefully these are the ones harrassing edgewood park visitors and joggers as well
Yes, if you Google Slutwave the first thing you see is the wiki post confirming that, yes it is a female music genre. However if you look a little deeper and try maybe “slutwave, new haven” you will videos on you tube and facebook pages alike. It is without question a gang of teenagers and without parental supervision it is apparent that they are willing to paticipate in some very dangerous behavior.
@elmcityresident (“hopefully these are the ones harrassing edgewood park visitors and joggers as well”)
A mugging involving approaching a peer with the message “I’ve got a gun, give me your iPod” is quite different from a mugging involving tackling an older person from behind, throwing a bike at him, and then beating him up for no apparent purpose (not even demanding money). One is a holdup and theft, the other is a violent crime apparently for kicks.
It may be that the same group, or subgroups of the same group, carry out both types of assaults, but it’s certainly not a foregone conclusion.
New haven residents need to understand that New Haven is a dangerous city, these little kid gangs (slut wave, playboys, royals, etc) are growing everyday and they are getting bolder, because the courts slap their wrists everytime they get in trouble. There is only so much that the residents and cops can do without the help of parents and the court system. We need to understand that not every kid can get help, some of these little bangers have aspirations to grab a gun because they feel powerful and then use it, and I know this first hand by speaking with them. People sometimes make themselves targets, be aware of your surroundings AT ALL TIMES. About a year ago I went to the Apple store on Broadway to buy a Mac lap top. I was in there for over 30 minutes, meanwhile I saw this young teen on a bike scanning the Apple customers everytime someone left the store with their brand new electronic purchases. The teen was back n forth on his cell phone signaling a group of about 6 to 8 young teens all on bikes. I knew what they were up to, looking for the perfect moment to strike. I was barely paying attention to the Apple employee as he was explaining my new purchase, because I was so focused on the teens outside. I told the Apple employee, if the store gets complaints of customers being robbed outside the store and he said YES. At that time, I told the Apple employee to hang on for a second. I walked outside and approached the teen and said “hey lil man, I know what you are doing and I suggest you get out of here. If not wait another 10 minutes because I dare you and your buddies to try and take my brand new Apple lap top that I am about to buy “. The kid looks at me, puts his head down and leaves the area, maybe I helped someone that day from being robbed of their new wonderful purchase, I don’t know. And calling the cops would’ve not done anything, because the young teens technically did not do anything wrong yet. Everyone has to be careful when walking the streets.
Dear Gretchen, Muggers have good days and bad days.
Dear Trustme, thank you. The cops are useless in this case as in many others. If you want it done right do it yourself.
If we dont get lucky with a new CEO and a new mayor, expect more crime. Prisons are not an option since they breed crime and hatred. Read Sister Souljah or read Orange is the New Black. Young Blacks are ignored by this city because they have no $$ and no vote. “Cultural diversity” pushed by Yale is an insulting joke since most blacks at Yale have dirty, poor-pay jobs. New Haven Works isn’t working either. Check their stats. Yale and others are not hiring.
Wendy1, you misunderstood me. The teens did not committ any crimes yet. I could’ve called the cops and as a complainant, I could’ve explained my personal observations to the police regarding the teens suspicious behaviors, but the teens did not committ a crime yet, so i took this problem to my own hands. New Haven is a busy city and NHPD is understaffed and this incident is a low priority call, so that’s why I took care of the situation on my own. NHPD is extremely USEFUL, specially in the Elm city, and god bless any men or women that have to put on a bullet proof vest to go to work, not many people can say that.
Thank you again trustme. I agree with you. Did you know that NH Police make about $20,000 less than Hamden police. I think cops deserve kevlar from crotch to chin paid for by their employers, us, and they deserve more help, and generous, secure pensions. I feel sorry for our cops and recently gave my fave cop a gift certificate to Starbucks.
Let’s see what we get with the new mayor and the new CEO.
That’s generous of you wendy1 i bet he or she appreciated it. I am curious to see how it will all turn out.
To the poster that thinks all parents should be arrested because of the actions of their teenagers: In case you have failed to notice, people no longer pay heed to the notion of the whole neighborhood raising children. When I was growing up, noone got away with ANYTHING because the neighbors, both near and not so near, would get you, take you to or call your parents. Times have changed drastically. Between the new “era” of extremely young parents to the government stepping in and telling you what you can and cannot do with your children. I work two jobs to raise my two girls. I raise my girls to be good, upstanding, law abiding citizens. However, peer pressure can be overwhelming for a teenager. Thankfully, mine are not easily swayed but there are many that are. The parents that are working hard, trying to survive in this overly expensive city should not be held accountable because a teenager that knew better comitted a crime.Undoubtedly, they are not raised to go stealing and mugging.
@ wendy1…thank you these kids on bikes sound like the same group of young men harrassing edgewood park..betting the man up on the moped(goffee street) and stealing it, also casing the apple store to me its all in the same vacinity.
and your right about Yale i work here, right now jobs are on a so-called FREEZE BUT THERE’S POSTINGS at yale and the st raphael’s campus, it basically who you know to get in! and @ TRUSTME i have a 20yr old son who walks just about everywhere he goes i’m constantly telling him to watch his back he also was robbed of his IPOD a couple of years ago.