Teen trio busted for robbing man of food in downtown Riverhead

03/27/2012 10:35 AM |

Three teenagers, including one charged in a robbery last year, were arrested Monday for jumping a 36-year-old man in downtown Riverhead and robbing him of his food, Riverhead Police said.

The man was allegedly targeted by the teens — later identified as Tasheem Carter, 17, of Middle Island; Delando Henderson, 16, of Riverhead; and Roderick Henderson, 18, of Mastic — in the early morning on East Main Street, officials said.

The three did not display any weapons when they took a bag of food from the man, who suffered only minor scrapes, police said.

The victim gave police a description of the suspects, and the teenagers were arrested nearby a short time after the incident. The victim then identified the men as his alleged attackers, and they were each placed under arrest on a second-degree robbery charge, a felony.

Even though the suspects are black and the victim is Hispanic, police do not believe the incident was biased in nature. (A bias crime would carry stiffer penalties in the event of a conviction.)

This was not the first time Mr. Henderson has been charged in a robbery, according to police reports. The teen was arrested Dec. 23 after he and another 16-year-old boy knocked a man to the ground on Railroad Avenue and tried to steal money from his pockets, police said.

Mr. Henderson was charged with second-degree robbery, and the case is ongoing, according to court officials.

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