LONG ISLAND, NY -- A Rockville Centre man was jumped by a group of rowdy teens and put into the hospital on Monday night after he tried to defend his wife from the group's taunts and threats, police officials said.
According to Rockville Centre Police Commissioner Charles Gennario, a couple was walking their dog late Monday night on Roxen Road when a group of teens — approximately five to eight 18-year-olds — began yelling at and harassing the woman. Her husband, whom Gennario said he could not name, came to the aid of his wife and asked the group of boys to apologize to her.
That's when the group lost control, attacked and beat up the victim, Gennario said. Police transported the man to for undisclosed injuries.
An unnamed source said the man suffered broken ribs and stitches, but that is still unconfirmed by officials.
Gennario said no arrests have been made, but they are close to catching the suspects.
"This was a deliberate attack on an individual attempting to defend his wife’s honor by asking for an apology,” Gennario said. “It could have happened to any resident by a group of these cowardly individuals. It was a gutless, unwarranted attack on two innocent victims. We will put all necessary resources into seeing that justice is done."
This is an ongoing investigation and Patch will update this story as soon as more information is available.