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UPDATE: Two SSHS Seniors Arrested, Charged for Roxen Road Gang Assault

William Moore and Matt DiPerna face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Just three days after a group of Rockville Centre teens allegedly a 44-year-old village resident so badly they broke his ribs and put him in the hospital, police have arrested two seniors and charged them with gang assault.

William Moore, 18, was arrested on June 20 and Matthew Diperna, 18, was arrested on June 21. Each was charged with second-degree gang assault — a C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

According to a spokesman from First District Court, Moore was released on bail and DiPerna was released on his own recognizance.

South Side seniors graduate today at 5 p.m.

Police gave this account of what happened:

The wife of the assault victim was walking her dog on Nottingham Road when she was verbally accosted by five to eight young men. She ran home and told her husband of the incident, and the two drove around the neighborhood looking for the men to demand an apology.

They found the group on Roxen Road, which is where the assault took place, police said. Neighbors who heard the disturbance called police at 11:55 p.m. The men fled before police arrived and Nassau County detectives were called in to join the investigation.

The man was transported by Rockville Centre police to where he was treated for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw.

“This is a very serious incident and we are diligently pursuing the investigation with our partners in the Nassau County Detective Bureau," said Rockville Centre Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario. "Any residents who may have information regarding this assault should contact the Rockville Centre Police Department detectives as soon as possible by calling 766-1500."

RVC Mayor Fran Murray said he has complete faith that the police will bring their investigation of this incident to its proper conclusion.

“The trustees and I have been fully briefed on this incident and I have directed the commissioner to pursue this case aggressively," Murray said. "I thank the residents who have helped us with this investigation so far. We are all working diligently to insure the safety of our residents."

Lifelong RVC Res June 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Most of the people who have said the victim should have called the police as opposed to taking matters into his own hands recognize that as the "safest" decision. No, it's not the most chivalrous (or the most macho), but it clearly is the safest. My blood boils as much as the next guy, but I try to keep in the front of my mind the safety of my wife and family. Given the change in society (and hand gun ownership), discretion is clearly the better part of valor. Call the police. If nothing happens, then thank God nothing happened. Regardless of who threw the first punch, where would this story have gone if the victim were a really good street fighter? We would have a story about a middle aged vigilante who beat up some rowdy "kids". Getting in that car in search of justice was a lose-lose situation. The kids were not going to apologize. Lose. The kids get aggressive with him and he beats them up. Lose. The kids get aggressive with him and he gets beaten down. Lose. Call the police.
Lifelong RVC Res June 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
@bankof___ Does that "civility" include bank-robbing? Is there room at Rikers because you got out? If yes, shame on you for even considering opining on the actions of others. If that is not you, change your patch user name... that is nothing to joke about. Kids' lives were affected.
kevin June 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
lifelong rvc res, do you really think its him, Anthony should remove the posts with the bankoftrantel screen name.....the man did the crime and the time...let him move on with his life as he surely has nothing to do with this incident
Lifelong RVC Res June 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
He said he's "been away for a while" in an earlier post... I second the motion to remove the posts. If it is him, making light of the crimes he committed with that user name is completely inappropriate. If it is not him, the user name is even more inappropriate. There are children involved here.
Matthew Hogan June 26, 2012 at 06:05 PM
@kevin and @Lifelong RVC Res: The user's comments have been removed. Thank you for bring the issue to our attention. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor

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