NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Four young men, described by police on scene as "high school students" were arrested inside a vacant house located at 180 Mount Joy Place and charged with Criminal Trespass. The incident comes in the wake of a string of violent incidents of stabbings, slashing, melees which gained national attention following a fatal stabbing of a student involving a group of other students. In that case. Z’inah Brown was charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of Valaree Schwab.
A call was made to the New Rochelle Police Department at 3:31 p.m., 20 minutes after dismissal at New Rochelle High School. A neighbor on Clove Road reported people climbing in a window at the rear of the house. Within minutes, police patrol cars began converging on the area. A dozen police cars converged from all directions as police surrounded the house. A K-9 unit was brought in to search the property.
One suspect was brought out of the house by a police officer and brought to a patrol car. Moments later a group of officers exited the house and came down the driveway with three more suspects.
The house has been vacant for several years. It was not properly maintained by the owner, Matthew Varughese. An abatement order was filed with the New Rochelle Building Bureau by this reporter due to overgrown grass and weeds on the property. The house was abated on January 3rd, 2017.
School security personnel were called to the scene but arrived after the four suspects were taken to headquarters by police. One of the four suspects lives in the neighborhood. As he was being taken away he told his father they were “doing a photo shoot”.
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