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Peekskill Police Arrest 4 for Alleged Highland Avenue Assault

Police arrested Dkqwan Johnson, 23, of Peekskill; Araiya Taylor 19, of New York City; Alexis Brens-Medina, 18, New York City; and Brianna Williams, 19; after they were allegedly observed beating a man on Highland Avenue Sunday.

Peekskill police arrested Dkqwan Johnson, 23, of Peekskill, Araiya Taylor 19, of  New York City , Alexis Brens-Medina,  18,  New York City; and Brianna Williams, 19, of New York City; and charged them third-degree criminal mischief, a felony. Williams was also charged with additional counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing, both misdemeanors.

At about 12:50 p.m., a police officer allegedly saw the four suspects kicking and punching a 30-year-old Peekskill man on the 500 block of Highland Avenue. The officer stopped the fight.

The victim then told police that one of his attackers, Williams, lunged at him with a knife. The victim’s vehicle also sustained three broken windows and a slashed tire, according to police.

Police said they recovered the knife and arrested all four suspects and held them for arraignment. They have since been released to reappear for a future city court date.

paula March 03, 2013 at 04:13 PM
The bigotry is not in the article.. it's in the comments.
paula March 03, 2013 at 05:34 PM
9:11 am on Sunday, March 3, 2013 Dear White People, Your bigotry is showing. They were caught committing a crime and arrested. Comments about names, vowels (really? go get a life), someone's mother, the Queen's English (seriously? really? who died and made you boss of comment board? No one has to write the way YOU want to read), and of course, President Obama have absolutely no relevance and are frankly, just ignorant. I'm disgusted at the behavior of our youth, and even more disgusted right now of the behavior of the people on this board. The adults. White adults. Shame on you. Constructive comments welcome, bigotry and hatred, NO. Interesting note, if the 'innocent' guy who got beat up was a methadone clinic patient, drug addict, thief, illegal immigrant - or anyone who looks other than all of you... you would be scathingly derogatory about him/her too! Comment constructively. Leave the bigotry out of it
Patty Villanova March 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
What about black on black "bigotry"? What I see and hear in the Skills and popular Rap music, the banter between the brothers and sisters, would never be tolerated from whites or any other race; not to mention some of the comments that have appeared on the Patch bashing White People. I guess It's OK to use the N-word, Ho, and every other dirty bit of name calling as long one is a person of color. Can we please stop playing the race card all the time? It really is becoming irrelevant in the City of Peekskill; many don't realize how tolerant and multicultural most people are, of all races, creeds and colors. The diversity of this City is celebrated and cannot be denied.
Society Girl March 03, 2013 at 10:21 PM
My comment did not contain bigotry and yes I am a white woman.
Fed Up March 05, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Im black and honestly, this has nothing to do with race! As people have said, they were caught by a police officer in broad daylight and it was four aganist one! One girl supposedly had a weapon as well! Im sorry but they should all go to jail, I could care less about their skin color! Right is right and wrong is wrong.....black, white or whatever race or skin color! This type of behavior is unacceptable in society.....period!

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