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Teen Commits Arson Because the Restaurant He Went to Was Closed

Teen Commits Arson Because the Restaurant He Went to Was Closed

The curry restaurant was closed, so he lit it on fire

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A teenager who really wanted a dish of late-night curry was so angry the restaurant was closed that he committed four counts of arson.

A teenage boy who had a craving for some curry one night was so upset to discover the restaurant was closed that he decided to light it on fire. Predictably, he has since been arrested for arson.

According to Rocket News 24, four fires were started after midnight on January 2 in Osaka, Japan, and for a while police were stumped as to who could have set them. This week police announced that they had arrested a suspect, and it’s a 16-year-old boy who has a part-time job in the area. When asked why he had started the fires, the suspect said that he had gone to a curry restaurant to eat some curry, but when he got there the restaurant was closed. Then he was so angry that he used his lighter to start a fire at a car dealership, then at a restaurant storehouse.

Two other fires were started the same night at nearby apartment complexes, but those have not yet officially been pinned on the young man.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


Attempted Murder Charge Is Added in a Beating Case

A charge of attempted murder was added yesterday to earlier assault charges against three white teen-agers accused of what the authorities called the racial beating of a black man in Brooklyn on Saturday morning.

The victim, Kevin Teague, 26, was beaten with a baseball bat, a metal steering-wheel lock and fists and feet after being intentionally struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle that may have carried one of his assailants, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes of Brooklyn said yesterday as he announced the indictment of the three teen-agers.

The three were also charged with aggravated harassment, which specifically accuses them of attacking the victim because of his race.

The assault took place on Hamilton Avenue and West Ninth Street, on the border of the predominantly white Carroll Gardens area -- where Mr. Teague and a friend, who is also black, had emerged shortly before from the subway -- and the largely black and Hispanic Red Hook neighborhood, where Mr. Teague lives.

Mr. Teague, a United Parcel Service worker, had to have his wounds closed with 13 stitches and may have suffered serious damage to his eye, Mr. Hynes said.

The attack followed an earlier altercation between black and white groups in a nearby fast-food restaurant in which, according to the mother of one of the indicted teen-agers, the black men had tried to steal her son's Rolex watch. But Mr. Hynes said that the earlier incident was ''immaterial to me'' because neither Mr. Teague nor his friend, Steven Bruce, had been involved.

''I'm going to kill you!'' one defendant, Anthony Mascuzzio, 18, a Carroll Gardens resident, yelled at Mr. Teague, adding an obscenity and a racial epithet, Mr. Hynes said. He accused the teen-ager of pounding Mr. Teague on the head and torso with an aluminum baseball bat.

The prosecutor said that a second defendant, Alfonse Russo, 17, also from Carroll Gardens, beat the victim with the steering-wheel bar and that the third teen-ager, Andrew Russo, a 19-year-old from Bay Ridge, punched and kicked Mr. Teague. The Russos are cousins.

Mr. Mascuzzio's lawyer, Pamela S. Roth, said later yesterday that her client 'ɽidn't do anything he is charged with.'' Andrew Russo's lawyer, Joseph R. Benfante, also said his client had not committed the crimes, calling him 'ɺ very good young man'' and holding that ''this is without a doubt not a race case.'' Alfonse Russo's lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

If convicted of attempted murder or of the first-degree assault charges that were lodged earlier, the teen-agers could receive 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison. They are free on $100,000 bail each.

Mr. Hynes also quoted one assault suspect as saying after Mr. Teague was beaten, ''We're not just some stupid white boys -- you're going to die.''

Two defendants are sons of reputed organized-crime figures. Mr. Mascuzzio's father, also named Anthony, was shot to death in 1988, and the police said at the time that he was an associate of John Gotti, then the head of the Gambino crime family. Alfonse Russo's father, Anthony Russo, is awaiting a retrial on murder charges and is said by law-enforcement authorities to be a member of the Colombo crime family.


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