Teens are arrested for allegedly harassing people in Central Park: Part 2

On April 19, 1989, police responded to 911 calls of black and Latino teenagers harassing park goers. As police began their investigation, a white woman was found beaten and barely alive.
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At Kay. I lived across the street from the park, actually on 110th in upper Manhattan. We who lived in Schomburg looked at central park as our backyard. That Wednesday night, it was Easter vacation. Kids, we could hang out a little later 'cause it was no school till Monday. I seen a group of kids entering the park. At the time, I followed. Coming out of Kennedy fried chicken, Yusef came my way and asked me about hanging out with him. And that was it. You go from hanging out with friends, thinking that you're going to, you know, go skateboarding in the park or walk around the lake to mayhem. On the night of April 19th, 1989, approximately 30 to 40 teenagers assembled at the northeast corner of central park. We just got a call about a disorderly group of about 30 to 40 males inside central park acting disorderly and harassing people. I was working a 4:00 to 12:00 with my partner. And we started to get a lot of radio runs of a group of black and hispanic teenagers assaulting and harassing people. Pick up of an assault at 102 and east drive in central park. It's a roving band. Basically we took over that whole park, just walked down the street and beat people up. We walking on the road towards downtown, and somebody recognized an older man walkin' across the road, and he had a bag in his hand. And then a buncha, you know, other kids went punchin' him, kickin' him and all that. I remember violence. It was real hectic. It was crazy. You standing there and watching somebody get beat. It was unreal. It's almost like moths being drawn to fire. A child can be a witness to something without being a participant in something. Meanwhile, a high speed tandem bicycle driven by Patty Dean and Gerry Malone, they're making their way north on the east drive. We were riding the tandem through central park. We saw this whole line of kids. I remember thinking, "I wonder why they're here so late?" It was a man and a female ridin' the bike. I don't know who it was, but one person said, "Get them." All of a sudden, they jumped across the road. It was actually terrifying. They were ripping at my arms and legs and clothing. As a woman, you immediately wonder what's going to happen. We all started Chasin' the bike, and basically they got away. I would run to the park, usually entering at the 84th street entrance just by the metropolitan museum of art. I would go to the 102nd street cross drive that would go from the east drive of the park over to the west drive of the park. The whole thing was very chaotic. We were getting a lot of 911 calls. People were coming into the precinct. We had other people stopping cops who were on patrol. They're attacking joggers around the reservoir in the vicinity of 96th street and east drive Kay. 96 and east drive? They head south toward the reservoir. A serious head injury on this complainant. Can you have a bus respond forthwith to 95 and east drive? The last of the joggers to be attacked was beaten with a pipe in the head. Victim looked like his head got dunked in a bucket of blood, he was beaten so badly. You got an E.T.A. On that bus? This guy has a serious head injury. He's losing a lot of blood here. People were punched in the face and pulled off their bicycles and robbed of their watches. I mean, it was kind of a crazy series of incidents that took place in the park. The calls kept coming in, so we canvassed the area. We pulled out of the park at, I think at 100th street and central park west. And, boom, there they are. There's a group of about 20 or 30 of them. Once we came out of the park here, we saw them across the street. So what we did was we pulled over right over here at the curb. Everybody's just started They Chasin' a large group over there, about 30 to 40 people. There's a big foot chase. A couple of cars come, scooters. And when it was all said and done, we had five kids. At first, it seems like a relatively minor thing. They're gonna send these kids to family court. They're gonna send them home and have them, you know, come back again later. And then this woman is found in the park, covered in blood, near death. On that night, a little before midnight, a woman's body was found about 50 feet down from this area where I'm standing right here. This is the 102nd street cross path. There were two guys making their way from the west side to the east side. They thought it was a man's body, and then they heard moaning. Trish, not conscious. Barely, barely alive. She actually had been dragged down to the stream in the ravine that most new yorkers don't know about it. Have never seen it. An ambulance was called. It took a while to get into the wooded area. The discovery of Trish meili lying in a ravine changes everything. The word we got back from the hospital was that she was in extremely critical condition and a good possibility that she would die. So I call for crime scene and my

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