WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Hours of delays on Metro-North trains on Wednesday evening were due to a gang attack on a near the Mamaroneck station, police said Thursday.
Police say they are close to making arrests after a Mamaroneck teenager was attacked, beaten and robbed near the train station during the evening rush hour Wednesday.
A gang of about 15 teenagers were involved in the assault on the local 15-year-old boy before stealing his cell phone, according to police.
Late Wednesday, Sgt. Sandra DiRuzza, a spokeswoman with the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department, said that police have several suspects in New Rochelle and that charges are pending.
DiRuzza said police received a 911 call at about 5:45 P.M. Wednesday regarding an assault that had just occurred.
Mamaroneck police officers responded to the caller’s location which was the upper ramp of the Mamaroneck Train Station (southbound side).
Once on scene, police officers determined the assault had occurred on Andrew Street in the Village of Mamaroneck. As a police officer was speaking with the mother of the victim, the officer observed several possible suspects flee the location in multiple directions--some via the northbound train tracks.
Metro-North was notified to temporarily suspend train service.
Town of Mamaroneck Police responded to assist in a canvass of the location. Westchester County Aviation Unit responded to help in an aerial search.
A preliminary investigation has revealed the 15 year old male victim from Mamaroneck Village was walking on Andrew Street when he was approached by a large group (approximately 15 teenagers) unknown to him, police said. According to the police, the group surrounded the victim and began assaulting him and then took his cell phone before leaving the area. The teen sustained minor injuries, police said.
Several suspects from New Rochelle have been detained and charges are being determined, police said.
'Meredith Daniels, a spokeswoman for Metro-North railroad, said, "We were assisting Mamaroneck PD. They were pursuing a number of people who wound up on our tracks near Mamaroneck station. . . ."
Daniels added: "We needed to de-energize the tracks between Mamaroneck and Harrison. This caused delays as it was peak PM rush."
Some train delays continued until about 10 p.m. on the New Haven train lines, officials said.
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