Two separate but possibly related arrests occurred on Tuesday, July 7 in Manorhaven.
According to the Nassau County Police Department, at 2:15 p.m. on that day, two Port Washington males were arrested and charged with assault and menacing. One subject is accused of swinging a dog chain at one of the victims. The other subject allegedly threatened another victim with a utility knife. It's believed that the victims were known to the perpetrators. The incident took place on Shore Road and Manhasset Avenue.
At about 9 p.m. the same day, a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male who reside in Manhasset Isle were charged with assault, menacing, possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. The narrative of the PWPD's blotter reports that a caller from Manorhaven reported that his neighbor was outside of his house and that he (the neighbor) had been assaulted 20 minutes ago at the Sousa School. According to PWPD Captain Randy Mineo, the victim had been menaced with a knife on the Sousa School field but managed to get away. Two PWPD officers went to Manorhaven to talk to the victim and in the process the officers spotted the individuals who were responsible.
Captain Mineo reports that in the process of making the arrest, a scuffle took place and everyone ended up in a pile. One PWPD officer sustained a broken ankle and torn ligaments. He will be out for two months.
A third arrest, possibly gang related again, occurred on Thursday, July 9, at about 11:05 p.m. Reportedly three people were acting suspiciously on Manorhaven Blvd. They were stopped by a plain clothes policeman. One, a male from Port Washington, had a "dagger" or "knife," and was arrested.
At press time, the Port News learned that five other arrests were made between late Friday night , July 10, and early Saturday morning, July 11. Captain Dooley of the 6th Precinct advised that five youths in their early twenties were arrested on drug charges. The arrests took place in the vicinity of Manorhaven Blvd. and Hickory Rd. He noted that they had "no confirmed gang association."
Officer Brown of the Nassau Çounty Police Department reports that additional patrols will be assigned to each area of the precinct as youth activity problems arise. "We've done and are doing work in Manorhaven," he said, noting that the police use bicycles, and marked and unmarked patrol cars.
The arrests are still under investigation. Both the Nassau County 6th Precinct and the Port Washington Police Department are careful to say that they can't confirm that any of those arrested were MS-13 Gang members, however, many speculate that a connection to a gang exists.
"We view it all as youth activity," says Officer Brown of the NCPD. Captain Dooley of the NCPD reported that as a result of the possibility of gang activity, the patrol in Port Washington will be intensified and coordinated with the PWPD and the Bureau of Special Operations. Plainclothesmen will also be in the area.
Officer Brown added that through the joint efforts of the PWPD and NCPD for gang related activities, the prevention of the development of gang related activity in the county can be accomplished.