Cops: Grand Theft Auto video game inspired teen crimes

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    Cops: Grand Theft Auto video game inspired teen crimes

    Cops: Grand Theft Auto video game inspired crimes -- Newsday.com



    BY MATTHEW CHAYES
    matthew.chayes@newsday.com
    9:21 PM EDT, June 26, 2008




    Teenagers who police say went on a video-game-inspired late-night crime spree were arraigned Thursday after police say they mugged a man outside a New Hyde Park supermarket and menaced motorists in Garden City with a baseball bat, crowbar and broomstick.

    The teens told detectives they were imitating the Grand Theft Auto video game series where players steal cars, beat up other characters and score points for committing crimes, authorities said.

    Police have identified at least three victims: a man they said was severely beaten and had his teeth knocked out during a robbery; a would-be carjacking victim who called 911; and a driver whose van was smashed with a bat.

    Nassau Det. Lt. Raymond Coté said there are likely more victims who were attacked.

    At one point during the spree, the group encountered young people their age.

    "They realize they know them from school and they can't rob them," Coté said. "Two of them they enlist in this crime spree and now they're joining the pack. It's an angry mob of youths."

    Arrested and charged with felony robbery were Dylan Laird, 17, of Southborough, Mass., and Stephen Attard, 18, Samuel Philip, 16, Brandon Cruz, 15, and Gurnoor Singh, 14, all of New Hyde Park.

    Police did not release photos of Cruz or Gurnoor Singh because of their age.

    Jaspreet Singh, 17, also of New Hyde Park, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

    All are charged as adults.

    The teens committed the crimes Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, police said.

    It began late Tuesday when the group was hanging out at a park in New Hyde Park, Coté said.

    "They decide that they're going to go do some street robberies, emulating the popular fictional character Niko Bellic," Coté said, referring to a star of Grand Theft Auto IV: Liberty City.

    The group accosted a man near a New Hyde Park supermarket who had just finished an evening shift and was waiting for a bus.

    "They approach him from behind, force him to the ground, start punching him, kicking him, knocking the teeth out of his head and take what he has on him," Coté said.

    They stole a small amount of cash and a cell phone, he said.

    After fleeing, the suspects broke into sheds and storage units in the area in their hunt for makeshift weapons.

    Near New Hyde Park Road and Stewart Avenue, they formed a human roadblock. A woman driving a 2008 BMW was forced to stop. Cops say the group wanted to carjack her.

    "They surrounded her car. They tried to get in. She was scared for her life," Coté said. They stole her cigarettes, and she sped off and called 911, he said.

    The six suspects were finally arrested by Garden City police responding to a 911 call shortly after the group approached the third victim and hit his car with a bat.

    Staff writers Sophia Chang and Joseph Mallia contributed to this story.

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    His mugshot.


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    Yeah, that is a totally upstanding kid that played a video game which made him beat people with bats and crowbars.
    Fucking Determined!

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    He has a Faux Hawk.....kinda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KelJu View Post
    Yeah, that is a totally upstanding kid that played a video game which made him beat people with bats and crowbars.
    exactly.
    before he touched that video game he got straight a's, was captain of the waterpolo team, volunteered every wednesday and was an avid follower of Mormonism and always wore polo shirts.
    This is my journal. Click it and such

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    Let's start a game.....who can make the most excuses for the poor decisions of our youth?

    Okay Ladies and Gentlemen, Its time to play JUSTIFY THAT CRIME!

    I'll go first.

    Little Billy decided to beat Ms. Simpson's brains out because she wouldn't cough up twenty bucks for he and his friend to buy a couple of Master Cylanders and a pack of Newports..who's fault is it? 'Cause it sho'nuff ain't Billy's.........

    A.) The educational system
    B.) Da Man...who keeps EVERYBODY down
    C.) Billy's Uncle Rufus, who made Billy watch Green Acres against his will.
    D.) Coach Simpson, who made Billy do a horrific ten push-ups, when he was but eighteen years old.

    VOTE!

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    Someone should take his Wii away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    Someone should take his Wii away.
    missiles fired

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    Someone should take his Wii away.
    Oh no, man....that's not the way we play this game!

    I'm surprised that you didn't come up with your own set of circumstances.


    DOMS, you're acting very old this week.

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    Oops, my bad.

    Forgot the light hearted emoticon on that last post.


    What I should have said was, DOMS, you're acting very old this week, lol, ha ha, j/k, etc. etc.

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    They watch too many Death Wish movies, they just wanted to go out and act like hoodlums to lure Charles Bronson out for an autograph....
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    I have GTA IV, and while it is fun it should definitely only be played by adults. No, I don't think this will necessarily make a good person turn bad, but it definitely glamourizes the lifestyle.

    My only problem with GTA is that it intentionally goes too far at points. The game would be just a good with much less garbage. Sometimes it seems like that's the developers sole intention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busyLivin View Post
    Sometimes it seems like that's the developers sole intention.
    That is the reason, it sold like a mother#ucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    That is the reason, it sold like a mother#ucker.
    I know.. I don't mean to take anything away from the game.. it is fantastic.

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    If video games make kids do stuff why don't I see kids running around trying to bust bricks with their heads or squashing mushrooms? Where's the kids who get so into Guitar Hero that they actually become rock stars?
    Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
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    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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