Ice Rink Security to Improve After Assault, Says Town
10 Jan, 2012
By Jacqueline Silberbush
The Town of Mamaroneck plans to beef up security at the Hommocks Park ice rink following an attack Friday on a 14-year-old boy, according to a town leader.
Stephen Altieri, the Town Administrator, said today there will be “some changes” to the security at the rink, which is operated by the Town’s recreation department. However, Altieri would not specify exactly what those changes will be in order to preserve their effectiveness. “If there are troublemakers, we want to be able to rouse them out,” he said.
Police are currently investigating Friday’s assault, which occurred at about 9:30 p.m. when a group of kids kicked and punched the boy after knocking him down, said Town police Lt. Robert Koziak. The victim received minor injuries to his face, he said.
The attackers ran away before police arrived, Koziak said. The victim’s family is not pressing charges.
Despite unconfirmed reports that Friday nights at the rink – a popular destination for youths – is fraught with tension, last week’s assault was an anomaly at the ice rink during skating hours, town officials said. “I want to believe this is really an aberration and the rink will be a great place to go anytime,” Altieri said.
The incident – and potential for more – is being taken seriously, however. “Anytime you put that many teenagers in the same place it’s a possibility,” he said.
– Photos by Jacqueline Silberbush. Additional reporting by Diana Marszalek.