[Hpn] Homeless man threw brick at crowd after molesting teen girl

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Thu, 31 Jan 2008 05:54:57 -0500


Yonkers police: Homeless man threw brick at crowd after molesting teen girl

Will David . The Journal News . January 31, 2008


YONKERS - A homeless man from New Rochelle arrested in Getty Square after 
throwing a brick at a crowd was later identified as a suspect in the sexual 
molestation of a teen-age girl earlier in the day, police say.
Yonkers Police Officer Thomas Mack, who patrols Getty Square on foot, saw 
Vincent Carmine Pepe, 39, throw the brick at a crowd of people crossing the 
street and waiting for a bus at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday, police said


"The brick narrowly missed pedestrians crossing the street and waiting for a 
bus," said Capt. Salvatore DiMaggio, commander of the 4th Precinct.
DiMaggio said Pepe was screaming and irate.
As Mack approached Pepe to arrest him, police said, the homeless man began 
swinging his arms and trying to kick the officer.
Mack then called for back-up and was able to subdue Pepe with the help of 
about eight other officers, DiMaggio said.
As the officers restrained Pepe, a 37-year-old Yonkers woman walked over to 
them and told them that her 14-year-old daughter, who attends a Yonkers high 
school, was molested by Pepe as she was waiting for a school bus in Getty 
Square earlier in the morning, police said. The girl called her mother to 
tell her about the incident.
The woman said Pepe grabbed her daughter's buttock, police said.
The woman went to Getty Square looking for the suspect and saw police 
apprehending him. The girl later identified Pepe as the person who molested 
her, police said.
He is charged with second-degree assault, a felony, forcible touching, 
endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree reckless endangerment, 
all misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.
DiMaggio said his precinct's resources in Getty Square have been strained 
because of homeless people committing a myriad of crimes.
DiMaggio said the department is working with the county mental-health 
department to identify homeless people in Getty Square in need of 
psychiatric help and trying to get them assistance.

Reach Will David at  wdavid@lohud.com or 914-696-8274.