UPDATE: Two SSHS Seniors Arrested, Charged for Roxen Road Gang Assault

William Moore and Matt DiPerna face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Just three days after a group of Rockville Centre teens allegedly a 44-year-old village resident so badly they broke his ribs and put him in the hospital, police have arrested two seniors and charged them with gang assault.

William Moore, 18, was arrested on June 20 and Matthew Diperna, 18, was arrested on June 21. Each was charged with second-degree gang assault — a C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

According to a spokesman from First District Court, Moore was released on bail and DiPerna was released on his own recognizance.

South Side seniors graduate today at 5 p.m.

Police gave this account of what happened:

The wife of the assault victim was walking her dog on Nottingham Road when she 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 where he was treated for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw.

“This is a very serious incident and we are diligently pursuing the investigation with our partners in the Nassau County Detective Bureau," said Rockville Centre Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario. "Any residents who may have information regarding this assault should contact the Rockville Centre Police Department detectives as soon as possible by calling 766-1500."

RVC Mayor Fran Murray said he has complete faith that the police will bring their investigation of this incident to its proper conclusion.

“The trustees and I have been fully briefed on this incident and I have directed the commissioner to pursue this case aggressively," Murray said. "I thank the residents who have helped us with this investigation so far. We are all working diligently to insure the safety of our residents."

Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 04:26 AM
These young aristocrats aren't exactly going to be relying on legal aid. They have plenty of money to lawyer up and cut a deal. If your 18 and rich your a kid making a mistake if your 14 and from the trailer park your just a recidivous idiot on his way back to jail. Jim Lahey Retired NSPD
Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Come on Voice Of Reason you don't think they'd know to delete that after the weight of their actions came into focus? Use your head bud Jim Lahey Retired NSPD
Saul Rosenberg June 26, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I agree with you, but I prefer Lido Kosher Deli. It's a true mitzvah to have moved out of that town and not have to deal with such madness. It was once a nice place to raise a family.
Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Your completely correct, most of them are on the liquor by grade 7 - Jim Lahey Retired NSPD
Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Whats wrong with having a couple of drinks on the train after a 12 hour day at work? Couple of drinks bud, no big deal
Saul Rosenberg June 26, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Well said.
Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Its true most of the kids in RVC are driving the liquor into themselves by grade 7 or 8 from what i understand. Breeding a culture of overeducated, dependent, unaccountable, recidivous idiots.
joe June 26, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I just don't understand that you won't let my comments be heard? No cursing or anything bad. Just some hard truths about these punks.
Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Walking her dog at midnight because she was awake and her dog needed to go out. Its not occupied Japan where you aren't supposed to go outside at night. Use your head bud Jim Lahey Retired NSPD
Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Very well put, whether your 18 or 80 the laws are the same and society will(or should) judge you the same. All these excuses, and thats exactly what they are, about being young or being on the liquor or the dope serve only to excuse their behavior and further the sense of entitlement that permeates todays recidivous youths. Jim Lahey Retired NSPD
John Ng June 26, 2012 at 05:24 AM
This is disgusting. Anyone who feels the retaliation taken against this poor man for yelling at a bunch of drunks was justified is just plain ridiculous. Listen to yourself. The most unruly thing I can remember being done to an adult that gave you a hard time years ago was egging his house. Beating him till he was motionless was justified because he yelled at them?? That is sheer insanity. Makes me sick. He could have died! The victim did NOT break any laws. The last time I checked it is OK to yell at a bunch of drunks, or anyone else for that matter. Especially if they harassed your loved one. People are calling the Mayor and Police chief daily about this horror. This is not going to end without justice. It is not going away. These guys screwed up big time. This is no "mistake" we can all learn from. It is a horror. The whole town is outraged over this. There are a few bleeding hearts that want to say EVERYONE involved did wrong. NO WAY, the LAW was only broken by ONE side period. The drunken cowards. 7 or 8 full grown intoxicated men on one. Throwing a woman to the ground. Horrible. People are saying the victim should have called the Police. How could he?? He didn't know who they were or where they were. That would have sounded great to the dispatcher "Hello Officer, I think that someone said something to my wife. No, I don't know who it was or where they are, or what they said for that matter, but go and arrest them!" Get real people. As I started with, disgusting!
Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 05:35 AM
So they graduated from a much lauded high school, are 18 years of age(legally adults), but because they have baby faces we shouldn't hold them to an adult level of accountability? You seem to think there should be multiple sets of rules for people in our society. There are plenty of people serving time for their illegal actions there age and younger. Are they bad kids? Its nobodies place to judge and same with the parents. The fact is if they are guilty of a gang assault they need to serve the same time as they would had they been 45 years old and from Atlantic Beach or 19 and from Bedford Stuyvesant. Whether they look young, were on the liquor, or are a personal buddy of yours is irrelevant to making a decision based on whether they broke the law in that specific way. Think about it bud Jim Lahey Retired NSPD
Ted David June 26, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Nicely done Carlton. A perfect summation.
Jim Lahey June 26, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Correct sentiment Teddie
SSHSgrad2012 June 26, 2012 at 06:32 AM
What you all seem to be forgetting is that the majority of the Rockville Centre teens find this act disgusting. We're not all hoodlums and punks. We don't like being lumped into a negative stereotype just because a few kids in our grade decided it would be fun to commit a felony. While I agree that Rockville Centre is indeed a bubble and some are very unaware that their actions actually do have a consequence, a lot of us are hard-working, genuine, respectful students. Don't let a few bad eggs ruin RVC for the majority of us who would never think of doing something like this. The problem isn't underage drinking or lack of curfew, it's a disconnect between generations. While some adults have the "well in my day we would never..." mentality, they have yet to realize that this isn't "their" day. Times have changed and are constantly changing. And while I don't completely agree that this generation has gone to dogs, I'll be the first to admit it has some major problems.. especially with the ever present feeling of self-entitlement felt throughout the student body at South Side High School. But what we have to remember is that while RVC breeds ignorant, and some downright irresponsible kids, it also creates intelligent, hard-working, informed adults who are well rounded and capable of forming intelligent opinions. The amount of good kids really do outweigh the bad. So put down your pitch forks and torches because we aren't all out there to jump you.
tom kane June 26, 2012 at 09:18 AM
We need to keep the pressure on our elected officials to let them feel our outrage.This is the best way to insure jail time.
tom kane June 26, 2012 at 09:22 AM
its "break up" not brake up.....you brake in a car
GW June 26, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I am a resident and know the victim and have only great respect for him. I would probably have done the same thing he did under similar circumstances. Because of where we live, I would not expect to be attacked by a group of local men when asking them to apologize to my wife. As a resident, I am hopeful that something like this doesnt happen again. Unfortunately for the victim and for at least some of us, our view of our RVC may never be the same. As for the alleged attackers, the courts will likely take care of them. However if the courts fail, as they often do, these men will have great difficulty the rest of their lives as this information is out there for everyone to see what they did and will impact their relationships, jobs, and acceptance within any community.
Outraged June 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM
This is yet another case of "forgotten values" and it makes me cringe at what our society has become. Where do I start? "What was she doing walking her dog after midnight?" might be the most appalling sign of moral apathy I have ever seen in writing? The answer is: None of your business what she was doing walking her dog after midnight!! Are we that from removed from common decency that we ask that kind of question? Is a dogs bowel and bladder function at the heart of this matter? No it is not. And then we have the "Well the man should not have gone looking for them" defence. As a husband and a father, any man who insults, scares, threatens, belittles or even mildly mocks my wife has just walked into the defining struggle of their miserable lives. This man reacted like a human being. These entitled, punks acted like wild animals. Answer this question: If he did throw the first punch, how come one of these kids did not call the cops and say that he had threatened them. Why did they not walk away? Heres the reason. Because like any teenager, they believe that there are no consequences for their actions and no punishments that fit their behavior. If I had even talked back to an adult while growing up, I was in for hell on earth. But here we have a bunch of spoiled little wankers that think they are bullet proof beating the crap out of a man who did what any normal man would do. He defended his wifes honor. HONOR!!!! A word that used to mean something.
Drew June 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Very well said SSHSgrad2012. I commend your insight and well articulated opinion. Unfortunately what you've uncovered is a disturbing societal phenomenon: Over Generalization, quickly followed by overreaction. What this boils down to is an incredibly bad decision and reaction that was not only disgusting but criminal. And to group all SSHS students together here is no better than any other racial or religious stereotyping. Just because the man who robbed the bank was Irish, or Italian or African American it doesn't make every Irish, Italian or African American a criminal bank robber. I implore all of you, parent, student or just concerned resident not to over generalize and paint with a broad brush here. This doesn't get any better by harboring a grudge against every teenager in town. The way we make this better is by going out of our way to be respectful to each other. By modeling the behavior many of you have lectured about in this forum. It's all of our responsibility to fix these things that so many of us have lamented as a plague on our community. Bitching about it and pointing fingers may feel empowering but it really is waste of time.
the working class sap June 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Some incidents in RVC are not reported I know people who have been Russelled and Tussled and never took action
concerned parent June 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The problem is parents are letting their kids get away with everything. Kids of today are never accountable for anything...Mommy and Daddy find excuses for everything they do wrong since they are babes. Maybe parents should stay home and start raising thier kids. Have you ever gone out in town on a friday night ...more parents are at the bar drinking and getting drunk. The mothers sneak thier cigarettes the fathers are eyeing the young girls. And where are the kids ...out roaming the streets. looking for their next thrill knowing damn well their parets will not hold them accountable. Parents who are pro active parents can say "not my kid" because 8 out of 10 times it won't be.
Lifelong RVC Res June 26, 2012 at 03:54 PM
No conspiracy... you just have to search more carefully... http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/teens-arrested-in-rockville-centre-beating-1.3799093
the working class sap June 26, 2012 at 04:07 PM
This incident was bad but is was not a Son of Jake or Son of Sam Let us hope justice is served
Lifelong RVC Res June 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Most of the people who have said the victim should have called the police as opposed to taking matters into his own hands recognize that as the "safest" decision. No, it's not the most chivalrous (or the most macho), but it clearly is the safest. My blood boils as much as the next guy, but I try to keep in the front of my mind the safety of my wife and family. Given the change in society (and hand gun ownership), discretion is clearly the better part of valor. Call the police. If nothing happens, then thank God nothing happened. Regardless of who threw the first punch, where would this story have gone if the victim were a really good street fighter? We would have a story about a middle aged vigilante who beat up some rowdy "kids". Getting in that car in search of justice was a lose-lose situation. The kids were not going to apologize. Lose. The kids get aggressive with him and he beats them up. Lose. The kids get aggressive with him and he gets beaten down. Lose. Call the police.
Lifelong RVC Res June 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
@bankof___ Does that "civility" include bank-robbing? Is there room at Rikers because you got out? If yes, shame on you for even considering opining on the actions of others. If that is not you, change your patch user name... that is nothing to joke about. Kids' lives were affected.
kevin June 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
lifelong rvc res, do you really think its him, Anthony should remove the posts with the bankoftrantel screen name.....the man did the crime and the time...let him move on with his life as he surely has nothing to do with this incident
Lifelong RVC Res June 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
He said he's "been away for a while" in an earlier post... I second the motion to remove the posts. If it is him, making light of the crimes he committed with that user name is completely inappropriate. If it is not him, the user name is even more inappropriate. There are children involved here.
Matthew Hogan June 26, 2012 at 06:05 PM
@kevin and @Lifelong RVC Res: The user's comments have been removed. Thank you for bring the issue to our attention. -- Matthew Hogan Associate Regional Editor


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