Roxen Road Defendants to Appear in Court Friday

Court date marks the first time the trio will appear in court together.

The three Rockville Centre teenagers who allegedly assaulted a resident on Roxen Road back in June are heading to court Friday.

William Moore, Matthew Diperna and Kevin Coyle have all been charged with second-degree gang assault — a C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. They are set to appear in Nassau County First District Court on Friday.

Previous court dates have been adjourned multiple times for the three defendants, but Friday marks the first time that the trio is set to appear in court on the same day.

Moore and Diperna, both 18, were arrested one day apart, mere hours from their South Side High School graduation. Coyle, also 18, was arrested three weeks later at his home after the Rockville Centre and Nassau County Police departments discovered his involvement through a joint investigation.

According to police, the assault happened when the wife of the victim was walking her dog on Nottingham Road and was verbally accosted by five to eight young men. She ran home and told her husband of the incident, and the two drove around the neighborhood looking for the men to demand an apology.

They found the group on Roxen Road, which is where the assault took place, police said. Neighbors who heard the disturbance called police at 11:55 p.m. The men fled before police arrived and Nassau County detectives were called in to join the investigation.

The man was transported by Rockville Centre police to Mercy Medical Center where he was treated for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw.

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John R. Lewis Jr., the attorney for DiPerna, told Patch in July that the his client is innocent and that the victim was responsible for the start of the physical altercation.

"It is my contention that the alleged victim was not looking for an apology, but started the physical altercation," he said. "... I believe these boys will be vindicated at the end of the day."

Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murray spoke out after the incident, stating that he would not tolerate behavior like this in the village.

"I try to be a calm and reserved man, but I must admit that this outrageous assault has my blood boiling," Murray said. "I am infuriated that such a thing could happen in our village."

rvc October 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
fran murray is a big phony.
rvc October 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Anthony October 24, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Sounds like a highly credible statement. How about adding as to why you say that?
Danielle O'Hanlon October 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I really hope these kids are not given BS punishments just because they have a little bit of money and are from an upper class neighborhood.. but of course that will be the case.. they wanted to act like low class they should be treated like low class!
Tom Grech October 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Show your names.
Anthony October 24, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Violence is not the answer to everything but I feel kids today need to stand up for themselves a little bit better. I am not very old (early 30's) and alot of what I see and read about today took place when I was in school. Alot of time a nice shot to the kid's ("bully") jaw would put an end to the teasing.
James Sweeney October 24, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Why haven't the parents who hosted the party these "punks" were at been charged with providing alcohol to minors?
James Torrey October 25, 2012 at 02:15 AM
These kids are dopes! Who cares what happens to them....
Charles Bronson October 25, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Soap on a rope.
SSHS87_MENCH October 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Horrible story. I moved out of RVC to the 5 towns several years ago. The unreport crime in the town is hidden and it's an epidemic. I still frequent the restaurants and do business there. I still have friends that live near Roxen Road and they're concerned with the crime and violence. I doubt these men will see one minute of jail time, unless the were from Old Mill Court. Mommy and Daddy will take care of these hoods. Something tells me that DiPerna will walk scott free, until he does this again. Sell your house and move out of RVC. Its becoming Baldwin and Hempstead.
John October 25, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Mench u are right, I still live here however the cover ups are growing everyday. This is a bad group that needs to be made an example of. I urge all readers to send an email and a letter to the DA and the Judge. Please show your support to rid the village of punks like this!!!
SSHS87_MENCH October 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Diperna's lawyer says he's innocent... Johnny Cochran said that OJ Simpson was innocent too.
tgerrato October 25, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Stop threatening to move out of Rockville centre and move. What's stopping you? Unless you have real suggestions to make to help the village be quiet!
LeeAnne Paesano October 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Yeah the 5 towns is a great alternative! Grew up there and and hated every minute of it!! Have you looked in your town lately? It used be a great town and now its a ghost town on saturday so I guess thats why you come to our town. Believe me Mommy and Daddy always took care of their kids in Hewlett with all there money with brand new cars and nose jobs for the girls during christmas vacation. So look in your own backyard before you comment on mine!! RVC is a great place to bring up your kids. Because of one situation doesn't make this a bad town. All towns have had bad situations at one time or another even your Hewlett!
LeeAnne Paesano October 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@ tgerrato AMEN!!!
mary October 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM
This is a very sad situation all around. No one can win here. Not the victim because great damage has been done to them and not the families of these kids. I am sure these parents are in great pain dealing with this situation but are their kids? Do they have remorse for what they have done? Do they stay up at night feeling bad or is it just their parents losing sleep? I do not know what should happen to them but, at the very least they should be ashamed that they did such a terraible act to another human being.
SSHS87_MENCH October 25, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Ghost towns Saturday? Most people are attending services. While people in RVC are roaming the streets with Budwiesers and children in the 5 towns walk around with Torah's. What's your beef LeeAnne?


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