Port Chester police said an intensive investigation that included reviewing surveillance video from downtown cameras has led to the arrest of five village residents in connection with an attack on two men on Westchester Avenue in July.
The attack was one of a series of early-morning violent incidents in downtown Port Chester that sparked several investigations. One of those charged today, a 16-year-old, has also been charged in two other recent violent incidents.
The five Port Chester residents charged Thursday in the July 31 incident range in age from 16 to 25. They were all charged with second-degree attempted robbery, a felony, and are being held in the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.
Bashaun Kwame McGhee, 19, of 54 Locust Ave., Port Chester
Jesus Maldonado-Michaca, 18, of 465 N. Main St., Port Chester
Robert Esau Diaz, 19, of 66 Smith St., Port Chester
Johnathan Johnson, 25, of 125 Poningo St., Port Chester
, 16, of 1 Weber Drive, Port Chester
was also arrested in August in connection with an . He was charged with assault after an investigation of an attack on a 27-year-old Port Chester man and an attack on a 19-year-old Port Chester man who tried to stop the attack on the other victim.
In that incident, the victims were attacked by a group. Harris is also as they entered a building on South Main Street.
Today's charges stem from an incident at about 3:41 a.m. on July 31 at a gas station on Westchester Avenue. A 43-year-old Port Chester man and a 36-year-old Port Chester man were attacked by a group of young men.
The victims were in a parking area of the , 37 Westchester Ave., when they were approached by a youth who asked them for a cigarette — which they did not have. The men told police that a group youths then descended upon them and beat them.
Police said the two men ran toward the gas station building to get help and the youths scattered. However, police said one of the victims walked over to some of the youths who were still in the area and he was beaten again.
Although both victims were beaten, they did not request medical attention. Police said the group attempted to take a wallet and a cell phone from the men.
Port Chester Police Lt. James Ladeairous said detectives reviewed security video from the gas station and another nearby location to help them in their investigation. Ladeairous described the investigation into the incident as extensive, but could not elaborate on additional details.