Police: Race not an issue in Ronkonkoma brawl

Police say nine Connetquot students were arrested this week, three weeks after a brawl broke out between two groups of teenagers. Four of those arrested

Four of those arrested in the off-campus fight are being charged as juveniles. The remaining five are being charged as adults, including Justin Altiery-Deabreau and Charles Loomis, both 16. They were charged with assault.

Four of those arrested in the off-campus fight are being charged as juveniles. The remaining five are being charged as adults, including Justin Altiery-Deabreau and Charles Loomis, both 16. They were charged with assault. (3/26/15)

RONKONKOMA - Police say nine Connetquot students were arrested this week, three weeks after a brawl broke out between two groups of teenagers.

Four of those arrested in the off-campus fight are being charged as juveniles. The remaining five are being charged as adults, including Justin Altiery-Deabreau and Charles Loomis, both 16. They were charged with assault.

Detective Lt. John O'Brien says one teen showed up with brass knuckles and another tried to stab someone with an X-Acto knife. The mother of Corbett Robinson, one of the juveniles charged in the case, admitted that he brought a bat to the brawl. She said he was defending himself after being subjected to months of racial slurs.

Police say race was not an issue that led to the brawl.

"It initially started with name calling in the high school back in the beginning of February between a few individuals,” said O’Brien. “It escalated over the monthlong period to where these individuals ultimately agreed to meet for a fight and then other individuals came to observe the fight."

The students are facing various charges including criminal possession of a weapon and harassment. Authorities say they are still looking for a 10th suspect in the case.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Raynham Hall Museum's exhibit features items about the 1 New Oyster Bay exhibit shines light on lives of slaves
A group of protesters outside Zeldin's office in 2 Long Islanders demand in-person meeting with Rep. Zeldin
Suffolk Police continue to search for the person(s) 3 Reward offered for missing veteran's monument medallion
Some professors at Stony Brook University are hosting 4 Stony Brook Univ. holds teach in about immigration, refugees
NICE bus in Nassau has already approved cutting 5 Bus riders rally for state funding for NICE, Suffolk Transit

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

A picture provided to News 12 that was Officials probe if racial tensions played role in off-campus brawl

Officials are investigating if simmering racial tensions played a role in an off-campus brawl involving

Angry parents and students voiced their concerns at School board meeting held to address off-campus brawl

A school board meeting was held Tuesday night to discuss what should be done about

As News 12 has reported, two groups of Parents blame district after Connetquot brawl

Connetquot school officials are trying to calm a community rattled by an off-campus brawl involving

The altercation occurred off school grounds on March 9 Connetquot H.S. students arrested

Nine Connetquot High School students have been arrested in connection to a brawl in Ronkonkoma.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE