As I previously reported, many in their school and in their neighborhood knew about the "Beaner Stompings" but viewed these attacks as "Sport" or "Fun" and said, "Well they only did this every now and then, perhaps once a week."
What is curious is why these crimes were allowed to go on for so long. Their classmates and some parents knew about the assaults. Many of these assaults were previously reported to the police. We can only hope that now, with the Crew being charged for all the crimes they committed, these types of crimes will be viewed as unacceptable and will never be happen again!
Newsday Reports: Patchogue teens charged in 8 more bias assaults
The seven Patchogue (NY)-Medford High School students (Caucasian Crew) accused of taking part in a racially motivated, fatal attack on an Ecuadorean immigrant, attacked (Beaner Stomping) eight other Hispanics in a pattern going on for over a year before the death of Marcelo Lucero, according to an indictment unsealed in Riverhead Wednesday.
The two new indictments unsealed by State Supreme Court Justice Robert W. Doyle contained charges of assault, attempted gang assault, attempted robberies and hate crimes committed against eight victims, whom prosecutors said were singled out because of their race.
"All of the defendants participated in what we consider to be a violent and racially-driven pastime," Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said outside court. "Some of theses victims were attacked by these individuals multiple times and on different dates."
The seven teens were initially charged for what prosecutors described as making a sport of singling out Hispanics for beatings. On Nov. 8, prosecutors said, they surrounded and pummeled Lucero, 37, a dry cleaner's employee on his way home in Patchogue, before one of the students -- Jeffrey Conroy, 17, of Medford -- stabbed him fatally.
The attacks listed in the new indictment begin Sept. 23, 2007, when prosecutors said Kevin Shea, 17, of Medford, and other unnamed attackers hit Luis Pina Tigre in the head, kicked him and taunted him with racial slurs. The next attack came Dec. 2, 2007, when prosecutors said Jordan Dasch, 17, of Medford, and Jose Pacheco, 17, of East Patchogue surrounded a man named Jose Hernandez, pushed him off his bike and attempted to rob him.
One week later, Pacheco -- along with Conroy and Anthony Hartford, 17, of Medford -- attacked Hernandez again, pushing him from his bicycle, attempting to rob him and later confronting him at a laundromat, yelling racial slurs, prosecutors said.
On March 17, 2008, prosecutors said Hartford and other unnamed attackers hit a man named Javier Monrov in the head and stole his wallet.
Three months later, on June 24, 2008, prosecutors said Conroy and other unidentified attackers kicked Robert Zumba off his bike, pinning the man's arms behind his back and pummeling him. Prosecutors said Conroy lunged at the man with a knife, cutting his belt, pants and skin.
On July 14, 2008, prosecutors said Pacheco, Conroy and other unnamed attackers accosted Carlos Orellana, punching him in the face until he blacked out, then stole the man's money and shoes.
On Oct. 8, 2008, prosecutors said Conroy and Christopher Overton, 16, of East Patchogue, punched a man named Joaquin Gutierrez until he fell to the ground, then kicked him while taunting him with racial slurs.
On Nov. 3, 2008, prosecutors said Conroy, Pacheco, Shea and Hartford attacked a man named Octavio Cordovo in a park in Medford.
The final attack charged in the new indictment came on the day Lucero was killed, Nov. 8.
At some point that same night, prosecutors said Hartford, Hausch and Dasch chased down Petronila Fuentes Diaz as he rode his bicycle along Route 112 in Medford, following him into a parking lot and assaulting him there.
"During each of the alleged crimes in this indictment," Spota said, "the defendants called their victims such things as beaners and wetbacks."