Police: Group of Men Brutally Beat and Rob Man on Depew Street

The Peekskill police have confirmed that a 41-year-old male was beaten on Depew Street early on June 3.

A Depew Street man was brutally beaten and robbed by a group of men early Sunday morning,  said. 

The 41-year-old victim sustained a fractured nose, facial fractures, lacerations and bruising and was taken to the Westchester Medical Center for treatment around 6:30 a.m. June 3. He is still in the hospital as of Tuesday morning.

“According to the victim, he was jumped by several black males who punched and kicked him and knocked him to the ground,” Peekskill Police Lieutenant Eric Johansen said. The victim is Hispanic. The assault occurred on the 100 block of Depew, where the victim lives.

“Property was stolen, some of which has been recovered,” Johansen said.

The victim’s wife called the police to report the incident around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The police are unsure of the exact time the assault happened because the victim may have been unconscious for some time, Johansen said. 

“We have been actively investigating the attack and following up on several leads,” Johansen said.

Johansen does not believe this crime was precipitated by the victim’s race.

“I don’t believe it was a hate crime, although a violent crime,” Johansen said.

“It does appear to be isolated. The fact it occurred is disturbing and of concern. We have notified our patrol and we are on the look out for individuals behaving suspiciously and we are certainly following up on all leads,” Johansen said.

This is the fifth robbery this year and the first one that has sent a victim to Westchester Medical Center, according to police.

Neighbors were surprised to hear of the attack Tuesday morning, saying their block is usually quiet and they feel safe.

“It is always quiet here,” said Victor Dumaguala, who has lived in his home on the 100 block of Depew St. for about 10 years.

A young mother who saw police at her neighbor’s house across the street Sunday morning said she was wondering what was going on, but was surprised to learn there was a robbery and attack. 

Farther down the street, 65-year-old life long Peekskill resident Gail Fox attributed the attack to desperation.

“People in Peekskill are desperate,” she said.

joshua tanner June 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
“I don’t believe it was a hate crime, although a violent crime,” Johansen said.It does appear to be isolated" Isolated? Black youths have been robbing, stabbing, shooting and beating immigrants in Peekskill for 20 years.Just a few years ago 4 youths almost beat an immigrant to death. Authorities ducked the hate crime thing then too (and it is a dumb law). Its a known fact the immigrant and black populations in Peekskill aren't well liked by each other.
Ashley Elam June 05, 2012 at 06:16 PM
You're absolutely right. It's been escalating for years now but attention should have been paid 10 years ago. I remember the conflicts of the youths in front of then Kennedy's and the day workers in front of the Salvation Army. The big differences between now and then is it's not group against group it's now one against a group. And it is a hate crime there are many types of discrimination.
leesther brown June 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
This is unfortunate and I'm Praying for his speedy recovery,but just because he says it don't make it true.......Don't be so quick to jump to judgement.!..
Teleman June 05, 2012 at 08:19 PM
leesther brown June 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Slow your roll Jenga,lets see what the investigation proves....
Jay June 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Wow. Seriously? You need an investigation to prove these WERENT animals? Lets stop making excuses for peoples behaviors no matter the motive.
Joe June 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
These are the types of people we need to either lock up or run out of our city. Peekskill has so much going and to have this BS front page hurts us as a city. I really think the police needs to step up their game and have more cops present especially in high crime areas and downtown.
leesther brown June 06, 2012 at 02:16 AM
First Off Jay, I'm the first to call a spade a spade,and there's no doubt that someone beat the bejeevers out this resident,and I denounce it, but I didn't mention motive so maybe you heard what I heard,and it's just possible that it wasn't a band of "Blacks" as he claims,but from your post it just so easy for you'll to believe it was,and when I first heard it I was shamefully quick to believe it,but being out and about,and also knowing just where folks hang,and also the fact that the Police are quick to stop a crowd of young "Blacks" traveling 5 deep at that hour(and during daylight hours riding or walking) Let's look at it carefully is all I'm saying,and don't forget some of the property has been recovered as reported, I guess they took the time sort huh?..It may surprise you what is really behind this assault.....#ibegtodiffer..
sayitsnotsojack June 06, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Oh it was a love in.
Ashley Elam June 06, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Joe the amount of police officers haven't caught up to the expanding population. Also the sentencing for these types of crimes are a revolving door. They are in and out of jail for short periods of time.
Joseph Quinoa June 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM
It doesn't help to have a liquor store right in the vicinity.


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