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Park Attack May Have Occurred Before Police Called

More details are emerging from unofficial sources about the timing and cause of an altercation that led to an MHS junior having his jaw broken in Manor Park on Friday, May 8. The victim did not know his assailant and was in the park before 10 pm when he was struck, according to the source.

Meanwhile, police continued with their investigation and beer bottles continue to be found in the park on weekend mornings.

Heinekin bottles were lined up in a Manor Park gazebo on May 16. A similar lineup was found following destruction of benches and fences on May 8. Photograph by Don Sutherland.

Heineken bottles were lined up in a Manor Park gazebo on May 16. A similar lineup was found on May 9 along with destruction of benches and fences. Photograph by Don Sutherland.

Broken Jaw

Sam Sawyer, a Larchmont teen, was with a group of MHS friends in the park sometime between 9 and 10 pm, said the unofficial source, who was not at the scene. They encountered a group of students he had never seen before. The other group “started to get rough with whoever was there,” said the source.

“They started to push another kid” from a separate group of teens. When Sam turned around to see if the other student was OK, “next thing he knew he was punched in the face by one kid,” recounted the source.

The MHS students observed “a large muscular group of kids kicking the fences” at the park, said the source.

Sam was later treated for a broken jaw at White Plains Hospital at around midnight. His jaw was wired shut. After missing three days of school, he returned to classes.

Vandalism & Assault Before Police Arrived?

The account, if accurate, means the vandalism and assault occurred before 10:15 pm, when police responded to two complaints of a large numbers of youths in the road on Park Avenue.

Police dispersed the youths after “performing a cursory search of the area for damage,” according to previous police accounts and a formal release issued May 14 by the Larchmont Police Department.

At the May 19 meeting of the Larchmont Village Board of Trustees, Village Attorney Jim Staudt counseled the trustees to refrain from engaging in a public Q and A with Chief Poleway about the incident. The “no comment” practice is long-standing and not unique to the current event, said Mr. Staudt. The aim is to avoid compromising the investigation.

Local residents and others have been offering their own suppositions and observations, many published in comments on the Gazette. Many are blaming the mayhem on Rye Neck students angry when a planned fight with MHS students was thwarted. Others speculate it was local kids.

Another unofficial source said students from both schools were shuttling through the police department and “giving up” those involved.

More Security?

Karin Sherman, president of the Larchmont Manor Park Society that owns and maintains the park, said security had been beefed up. Extended hours for their guard had already been scheduled before the incident occurred.

The fences will be replaced within the week, said Ms. Sherman. But the full extent of the damage and the costs cannot be determined until a mason comes in to cap the new fence posts. When ripping up the fences, the vandals also destroyed parts of the cement footing.

Asked about the possibility of Larchmont’s police patrolling the park, Ms Sherman explained that “unless there is a complaint called in, the police don’t enter the park – it’s private property.”

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6 comments to Park Attack May Have Occurred Before Police Called

  • Larchmonter

    Regardless of who actually ripped out fences or destroyed other property, MHS students were clearly on site after dark, a violation of Park rules.

  • David Gironda

    Larchmonter far away in Arizona
    The Manor Park is considered by those of us, who grew up there, to be one of the greatest places of solitude we have experienced. No matter how much we have traveled. How anyone could destroy any part of it is disturbing; how could anyone not perceive and value the park as a very special place? I would suggest that the perpetrators should have to do community service by spending hours in the park picking up trash and raking the leaves; they need to come to realize what they have done, as well as pay for the repairs. I cherish our visit to the park every time we are back in New York, those of you who still live there are truly blessed, thanks to the preservationists. Those who have damaged it should likewise learn that it is a unique, blessed place.

  • Nancy Andersen

    The Larchmont Gazette is the only place to go for local news.It has taken the Gannett over a week to put in anything about what happened in Manor Park.
    Keep it up and also your new format is great.

  • We lived in Larchmont for over 30 years, and considered Manor Park an unique treasure. We would often walk to the park on summer evenings and relish the beauty of it’s location. It is so sad to hear that that special place has been vandalized by roughneck teens whose values are hard to comprehend.

  • Vicki Rashbaum Horowitz

    I walk to Manor Park early every Saturday and Sunday morning and was so angry and saddened to see the fences destroyed and several of the wooden Memorial benches ripped apart. Manor Park is such an incredible gift to all of us who live here. If one of those benches had honored the memory of a member of the perpetrators’ families, would they have been so quick to show their power by destroying it in such an ugly, forceful way? I just don’t get it.