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Roxen Road Assault Case Begins

Opening statements made in case against five teens accused of assaulting man in 2012.

Top Row (L-R): Matthew Diperna, William Moore, Kevin Coyle; Bottom Row (L-R): Nolan Kelly and William Nelson. (Credit: NCPD)
Top Row (L-R): Matthew Diperna, William Moore, Kevin Coyle; Bottom Row (L-R): Nolan Kelly and William Nelson. (Credit: NCPD)

Opening statements began Tuesday in an assault case against five Rockville Centre teens accused of attacking a man who was defending his wife.

Matthew Diperna, William Moore, Kevin Coyle, Nolan Kelly, and William Nelson appeared in court Tuesday as prosecutors and defense attorneys began the trial over an incident that continues to shake Rockville Centre over a year later.

Police said in June 2012, the five teens made sexually suggestive comments to a 44-year-old woman walking her dog on Roxen Road. She reported the incident to her husband, John Woythaler, who drove back to find the teens and make them apologize. The five are accused of brutally attacking Woythaler, who was rushed by Rockville Centre Police to Mercy Medical Center for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw, and a concussion, officials said.

Prosecutors "said the teens acted in unison and later boasted about the attack on Facebook," writing, "We jumped an old man… We had to beat him. He kept getting back up," reported CBS.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys claimed the teens were defending themselves against Woythaler.

You have a bunch of teenaged boys who are chased down by a grown man, and regardless of what the DA says that man got out of a car and grabbed an 18-year-old boy,” defense attorney John Lewis told CBS.

While gang assault charges were dropped, all five defendants still face second- and third-degree attempted assault charges, according to the DA's office.

The trial will continue Wednesday, said the DA's office. Judge Christopher Quinn is presiding over the case.

Previous stories on the Roxen Road assault:

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Will Munny January 21, 2014 at 04:06 PM
And as usual,fed up remains obsessed with me. Dude,you can't help but talk about me. Listen spanky,I don't think there is anything wrong with not rushing to judgement.
Will Munny January 21, 2014 at 04:09 PM
Oh,and trust me chief,if it's true that these little pieces of garbage get off easy then I will be just as disgusted as anyone but I don't think doling out "street justice" is the answer. It is foolish to give in to emotion and take matters into our own hands.
FedUpRealist January 21, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Willie, Willie, Willie..."I will be disgusted if these bastards get off"...What happened to your mantra, "Let's not rush to judgement"...They (apparently) are gonna get off - and NOW you're mad???...You're calling 'em bastards???...According to your previous posts, justice has spoken and NOW you don't like it???...I pegged you right from the beginning...Oh, I ain't obsessed with you...It's just that you got self-righteousness down to a science & represent all the d-bags I detest for speaking outta both sides of their mouth...Why don't you go have a beer at Degarabedian's Chadwick's and celebtrate the justice system while the 'innocent' Jackson PUNKS await their turn in 'let the facts play out'....
TheDarkerSide January 21, 2014 at 04:37 PM
For you folks -- including reporters/editors at The Patch -- my original post is 100% accurate: ---------------------------------------- ALL CHARGES ON ALL COUNTS WERE JUST DISMISSED BY JUDGE QUINN ... except for misdemeanor assault ... ---------------------------------------- The DA can come out and say there is no verdict yet, blah blah blah and there are still charges pending. True, as the statement I made reflects the same. BUT NO FELONY CHARGES (all officially dropped as of today) is a loss for the DA who is supposed to act as an advocate for the victim, NOT A FACILITATOR for the Defense. Instead of blasting the judge, the DA is mincing words about the case being active, This case is OVER. Just ask the victim. The remaining charge of misdemeanor assault is a joke. In most states, it's like a ticket for punching someone in a bar fight. THEY ALMOST KILLED this guy. Your case is over. You have failed the victim.
TheDarkerSide January 21, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Why no jury trial, DA? It's little wonder why all five suspects waived their right to a jury trial. BUT why did you green light it? It's all been a SHAM!
FedUpRealist January 21, 2014 at 04:53 PM
No doubt about it, oh Dark One...There needs to be an investigation into the whole sham...From the district attorneys office to the lacrosse judge right on down to the defense attorney's 'possible' relationship with judge
Will Munny January 21, 2014 at 05:43 PM
@fed up,you truly are one of those people who only hear what they want to hear. You have completely misunderstood me from the beginning be wise you WANT TO misunderstand me. You are clearly overly emotional and you want someone to be angry at. Apparently suggesting that we don't lynch people based on rumor is unreasonable? Your twisted reaction to my reasonable response to the JACKSON AVE case (our 'beef' was over that case,not the Roxen case bro) tells me all I need to know about your state of mind. Regardless of what sort of nonsense you want to project upon me,I stand behind everything I have ever said. You can detest me all you want,I don't care. You are a just another Internet tough guy.
Will Munny January 21, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Btw,you're such a big advocate of 'street justice' right? Well,how would you like it if someone decided that your threatening,inflammatory BS warranted retaliation? Would you want to be hunted by a group of vigilantes? I doubt it! We all know that the justice system has problems but I'll take the police,attys,judges,etc over bands of vigilantes running around taking people out.
Will Munny January 21, 2014 at 05:49 PM
....and yes,you are sooooo on my tip homey lmao
FedUpRealist January 21, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Wilbur, stay on the right side of the law and you don't/won't have to worry about people coming after you...Internet tough guy??? - there's no such thing...Real tough guys back it up on the street...But this ain't the street...This is just a place for richard's like you who hide behind keystrokes & spout whatever you wish...If I assaulted someone I would EXPECT AND RESPECT retaliation from a pissed off loved one or one of their freinds...It's the type of justice this case proves we need nowadays...And please get it thru that thick head of yours - when I address you, I address all the d-bags you represent...You're merely the silly name behind such a-holes...Again, PLEASE stop with your false sense of self worth...And instead of growing a beer belly at Chadwick's and calling 'em bastards and spouting how disgusted you are to the other drunks, grow some nads and take it out on people who get away with (almost) murder...
joe thrapp January 21, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Willie, Oh Willie, I never thought you were a tough guy looking for trouble with people!!. You do look a little friendly to this situation, Any one who takes the Alias Will Munny has always made me think of this line from your alias movie "Unforgiven", Little Bill Daggett: You'd be William Munny out of Missouri. Killer of women and children. Will Munny: That's right. I've killed women and children. I've killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you did to Ned". Now that sounds like a cowardly character, Wilbur!
Will Munny January 23, 2014 at 08:57 PM
@JoeBush and FedUpPhony....I've suggested hashing out our differences over a couple of beers in person like civilized adults. Shocker,neither one of you took me up on that. Who is the coward? Neither one of you clowns were willing to talk in person. Why is that? I made no threats,I didn't speak of violence (unlike FedUpPhony).
joe thrapp January 23, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Willie, Willie when ever I comment and look up an issue before I speak. You try and look for something I said to justify calling me a liar. That's okay that's how you motivate yourself to participate in the conversation. I used the alias Joebush for the same reason most people here chose to use aliases. People chose to remain anonymous because they are concerned they will be attacked. Recently this has been prove true by the remarks from Ms. Howard and the vicious attacks from Mr. Sepe who spoke to the citizens of RVC at the Jan 13 meeting about opinions he decided didn't met his own insane ranting standards here on the patch. In addition what are people to do when subpoenaed witnesses to the Roxen Road trial get their cars egged I use my name because I mean that I stand by what I say. If you chose to voice your opinion in the shadows. I am totally comfortable with this. It's your right. It's easy to say you stand by everything you write because no one knows who you are. I always look forward to hearing what you have to say. I don't think you are a bully.
Dave Kloven January 24, 2014 at 07:21 AM
When can I watch that January 13th meeting?
joe thrapp January 24, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Every day, check the schedule on channel 18 on cablevision. The rantings are said during closing remarks. Enjoy one of the funniest reality shows on cable.
Will Munny January 24, 2014 at 08:07 PM
@joebush aka joe thrapp,I do not go out of my way to catch you lying,however when you do lie,I have no problem pointing it out. Remember recently when you tried to pretend that you were not the person who posted insults and lies under the name joe bush? Yeah,that was lovely lol. In fact,you continued to lie about it until I explained how I knew you were lying. Then,and ONLY then did you quietly back away from that lie. It's cool man,Im smarter than you so most of the time I spot hour feeble fibs as soon as I read them. I'll give credit where it is due,you are not as rude as you were when you posted as joe bush.
Will Munny January 24, 2014 at 08:15 PM
At least you're capable of being civil,if somewhat ill informed at times . The vitriol that has been directed towards me by FedUpPhony is truly interesting. Like you said Joe,I am not a bully,nor am I a guy that comes into an Internet forum and threatens people.
Will Munny January 24, 2014 at 08:23 PM
I apologize Joe,I forgot to ask. Which remarks from Trustee Howard from the 13th are you talking about? And who did Trustee Sepe viciously attack? What did they say? I watched the board meeting the other day so I'd like to compare notes cuz I do not recall seeing either one of them attack anyone.
joe thrapp January 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Willie, we watched the same show and you obviously have a different opinion than I do about what was said. Like always if I am wrong I am the first to admit it. I stand by every word I said about Ms. Howard and Mr. Sepe. Oh, and thank you for keeping everybody honest here. I am glad to see that the Hess Corporation withdrew their application to change the property from Residential A property to Business A. I would like to think that some people who read my blog thought I had some good points and it helped Hess make a good decision. I am also very pleased that what ever I have written here can be attributed to me. Again I stand by everything I have written, and if anybody disagrees with me they know they are speaking to a real person. Willie, I look forward to your next update. I only wish I knew what ever happened to Frank
Will Munny January 25, 2014 at 01:17 AM
I have not seen any posts from Frank in some time....I miss that curmudgeon. He was a cranky piece of work but his rants were somewhat amusing.
Will Munny January 25, 2014 at 01:29 AM
If you watched that meeting and thought that Trustee Howard was anything but courteous and assured when interacting with any of our neighbors who took the podium then I must conclude that you watched that meeting while having a bad acid trip. And as for Trustee Sepe....I didn't see him launch any vicious attacks,I did however see him make a rather amusing remark directed at Ms.Gray at one point.
FedUpRealist January 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Will...Why would I want to meet for a beer some self-righteous over-weight drunk who craves a freindship with someone/anyone???...You keep singling yourself out as a target of my scorn...For the umteenth time, you are just a mouth piece for the idiots I disagree with...But as far as you calling me a coward???...Well, I will now have that beer with you...Where & when????
Letsgetreal January 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM
@feduprealist As for the matter of jackson avenue, you could not be more wrong my friend. As a close friend of the parents of the house I can tell you that is far from the truth of the matter although that may be the "victim"'s story. For starters, the teenage girl who threw the party has given written statements that the adult was uninvited and entered the house not once, but twice. Second, there is currently no question as to whether it was a "gang assault". Two charges were pressed, one on the teenager in question and one on the adult in question (both assault). Both participants were arrested. However, after talking to the a few of police officers that handled the incident, I have learned that there were over 10 statements given that the adult started the altercation by forcefully dragging the teenager by the throat and dragging him to the door. The teenager who owned the house claims that she asked the adult to leave previous to the fight whereas the teen in question was invited. The adult suffered a large cut to his hear and a bloody nose, the teenager had red marks on his neck from being grabbed or choked. So far all accounts state that the child acted in self defense (the adult has not denied this) and it was a one on one fight. No gang assault, no proposed barbaric behavior. Please learn your facts before you make such bold statements as if you know what truly occurred.
FedUpRealist January 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Which PUNK parent do you drink with???
Letsgetreal January 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM
The owners of the house. Can I ask where you learned your information from? If it is more reliable than the owners of the house and the chief of police who headed the investigation I will yield immediately.
Letsgetreal January 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I think it's almost safe to assume that you are simply following what you've heard through the rumor mill. Obviously adults will be inclined to listen and believe what they hear from other adults however I implore you to do some research for yourself and you'll be shocked by what you learn. You can start by calling the rockville centre police station, they have tons of facts on the matter. Not rumors.
joe thrapp January 25, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Willie, acid is very bad and I'm a bit surprised you think I partake of such a dangerous behavior. Mr, Sepe did refer to some residence as "people who forgot to take their meds"not you Willie
FedUpRealist January 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Letsgetlying....Sorry but you are a LIAR aligned with the perps...Anyone can spout their 'facts' here...You got yours and I got mine...Enjoy your white trash drinkin buddies!!!
Letsgetreal January 27, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Again your bigotry consumes you. Anyone that has anything to say that you don't agree with is a white trash asshole correct? You are exactly whats wrong with this town. Not the one group of kids who acted out of control and got punished. Its you. The pompous overly arrogant one's that believe anything they say is law or might as well should be. Thats why this town has the reputation it does. -if you would like to confirm any of my prior statements, call (516) 766-1500. Rvc police station. They are pretty willing to share information about the case so if your done being so arrogant with your own opinion shoot em a call.
Tiredofgossips January 31, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Letsgetreal those are the wisest words i have heard on this page. Its nice to hear some intelligence for once

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