The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office indicated arrests are imminent in the gang assault of a local autistic teen last week.
“We were given this investigation just this past weekend. We have detectives on it,” said Sheriff Rob Milby, according to the Finger Lakes Times. “We are having success with the investigation and plan to bring it to a close very soon.”
May 12 incident
Newark resident Shannon Davenport said her 16-year-old autistic son was attacked by a group on Thursday, May 12 in the parking lot of Newark Garden Hotel. After hanging out with some friends, Davenport’s son Caleb was walking to McDonald’s to meet her.
“He was beaten unconscious at one point,” said Davenport. “They dragged him to the canal trail, stole his sneakers and stole his cell phone from his pocket, and left him there. Thankfully, a man found him and called 911.”
Davenport said Caleb was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he was treated and released. He reportedly suffered a concussion, bruises and an injured arm.
She expressed disappointment that no arrests have been made despite the perpetrators having been identified. Davenport said she believed an 18-year-old female from Rochester is the leader of the group of teens who perpetrated the attack. Video of the attack was reportedly posted to social media.
Newark Police Department Officer-in-Charge Sgt. Jim Thomson said Newark police are not the lead agency on the case, but they are assisting the Wayne County Sheriff’s in the investigation.
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