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Youth Charged in Boardwalk Robbery

16-year-old arrested in connection with incident on Sept. 17.

Shawn Persaud, 16, of Long Beach was arrested Oct. 6 for a robbery on the boardwalk last month.

Long Beach Police charged Persaud with second-degree robbery for an incident that took place on the boardwalk near Long Beach Boulevard on Sept. 17, according to an LBPD press release issued last Friday.

“At that place and time it is alleged that a jogger was on the boardwalk when he was approached by a group of young males,” reads the LBPD statement on the arrest. “The victim was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground. During the attack, a cell phone and a small amount of cash was stolen from the victim. As a result of the attack the victim suffered minor injuries.”

Detective Lieutenant James Canner, commanding officer of the LBPD’s Detective Division, stated that police relentlessly investigated the case and other suspects are still being pursued.

“The arrest of Mr. Persaud was the culmination of a concentrated effort by the Long Beach Police Department’s Detective Division,” Canner stated. “We are continuing our investigation and more arrests are expected.”

Last month, police reported a second robbery that occurred two days later on Sept. 19, when a jogger was running at the 400 block of the east boardwalk and a group of about five youths, described as black males between the ages of 14 and 19, attacked him at about 10:44 p.m. The youths surrounded the jogger, kicked and punched him and stole his iPhone, and fled the scene on bikes and foot.

While police in that case said that the jogger suffered abrasions to his knees and elbow, people who know the victim contacted Patch to say that he suffered more serious injuries, including an injury to his eye that threatened his vision and required surgery.

Police ask anyone with information in connection with this robbery to contact the police department’s TIPS line at 516-705-7370. All calls will remain anonymous.

Gerald Cymbalsky October 08, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Yea, good job LBPD....
Gerald Cymbalsky October 08, 2011 at 09:10 AM
It is also sad all those, "We want Police Enforcement for our stop signs" or "I want Police enforcement for the traffic on my block" rant and rave at the Long Beach City Council Meetings. These people stifle other people ideas, lack foresight. Now we have a problems on the Boardwalk because these short sight people want only their specific location addressed. Photo enforcement of the traffic lights at Park ave. and Long Beach road, as well as several lights along county road Park ave. would free up LBPD police Traffic enforcement and allow for more sweeps of the boardwalk. Denise Ford's office would be the one to contact for this. 24 hour recorded survelance cameras of all the Beach park boardwalk ramps can be easily intalled by City of Long Beach with the Buildings along the boardwalk donating the fixation and electricity, as well as the some buildings covering the actual Boardwalk. Federal or State Grants are likely available to cover the purchase of the equipment.
Gerald Cymbalsky October 08, 2011 at 12:48 PM
@LB... I been hit by a car while walking lawfully in a crosswalk and lost motor skills in my left leg. I ride a bicycle all year long. So I know all about the traffic problems, the number of people killed, and the strange drivers of who believe their driving is an entitlement, not a privledge. Drunk drivers, drugged (lawful & illegal), cell phone users, and like the woman who hit me mentally impaired. So I am well aware of Traffic problems. PHOTO ENFORCEMENT.... Along Park ave of it lights. and the busy intersection at Long Beach Road. Safety of the Boardwalk 24 hours... Recorded Survelance cameras..... Something happens, there is a recorded video of who is in the area. And LB, Why are you scared to use your intials? I give my full name. I perfer to respond to full name individuals please.. thanks.
Lucy Centeno October 08, 2011 at 02:02 PM
While I agree with you Gerald, I also agree with those others that want the traffic problems solved. Surveillance is key to stopping all this on the boards. I also agree that our police are doing the best they can to solve these crimes. While I don't agree with some of the police actions that have occurred in the past, I do believe that the detectives work very hard to get crimes closed and the perpetrators caught. But I also know that we are very lucky not to have a city overridden with crime. It is those few that choose to go out and cause havock and feel empowered in groups to hurt people and take from them freely. As a parent, I taught my boys that when you need others to back you up, you are a COWARD and NOT a real man. To stand alone and handle your business, work hard, respect your elders and uniformed services, treat women with care and speak properly to others, THAT makes a man. Evidently this message wasn't taught or got through to the thugs that do these things. The age group was 14 to 19, where are the PARENTS? THEY should also be held accountable of those that are school age and should be attending full time. THEY should know where their kids are at night. Remember? "It's 10pm, Do YOU know where your children are?" Unless they are at work or the movies, there is no reason for school age kids to be out after 9pm. There is nothing but trouble for them after that.
Cecelia Doule October 08, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Good job by the LBPD. We are a wonderful community with the beach and boardwalk being our gems and let's hope we keep it that way. Hopefully this arrest will be a deterent to similar crimes in the future. And increased publicity about this arrest can't hurt. Thanks again LBPD!
Insider October 08, 2011 at 04:52 PM
LB, you are incorrect. The LBPD is comprised of 76 sworn members, not 90. I have made the argument on this site before that there aren’t enough patrol cops, which there aren’t; instead, there are too many detectives and bosses. And while the LBPD does patrol the boardwalk they can’t be everywhere at once. For example, this incident happened near Long Beach Blvd., what if the boardwalk patrol was on New York Ave. at this time?
sophie October 08, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Great work....I do hope the victim is back enjoying the boards!
Wilbur October 08, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Maybe we can even put cameras in your house, wouldn't you like that!! Let's get little remote control helicopters with cameras mounted on them to follow us around when we leave as well. YOU are what's wrong with this country. Police state makes you feel all warm and cozy doesn't it?
Eddie October 08, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Nice police work. LB or anyone else doesn't have to be a prisoner in his own home. Arm yourself legally, and you won't have to hope for or fight for more cops, more taxes and a bigger police budget. Some of us can go anywhere we like anytime we like. Join us.
Gerald Cymbalsky October 08, 2011 at 06:21 PM
@wilbur... I live in Co-op building with "recorded" and office monitored common areas. There has been no unwanted visitors, robberies, etc. but we do have our co-op board president picking his nose all day and night watching the normal people talk to each other. On the PHOTO ENFORCEMENT of Long Beach road and Park ave, I have to hobble across that intersection from the East loop bus stop to the N15 bus stop, and there is some blowing the red light southbound everyday. There are many accidents at that intersection. Another spot would be by the Associated Grocery store.
dee October 08, 2011 at 08:04 PM
what happened to the loitering law, @ 10:45 pm those "youths" we're not watching the waves, why cant the lbpd tell them to move along, go home. When we we're young we could'nt just be standing around doing nothing. Where is foot patrol presence. And yes I see plenty of police cars parked doing WHAT? They cant all be on break. Not riding bicycles and or skateboards on park ave, should also be enforced, I say the police are just not enforcing excisting laws. I've been almost hit by people on bikes a few times coming out of stores. I did'nt realize the PD was that big, I'd like to see more of them around, not just sitting in their cars.
Lucy Centeno October 08, 2011 at 08:53 PM
dee, I agree with the loitering part. I am NOT on board with the bikes on Park Ave. There are NO bike lanes, double parking is a constant and drivers are turning with NO warning! Yes, bikers should watch where they are going and not RACE on the sidewalk. I personally think skateboarders are worse. They get up the momentum and forget about pedestrians. Bikers are aware. Bike lanes would be better, but for now, ALL OUR CITIZENS should be safe.
EditProfile October 08, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Why is people having a fainting spell over a 16 year old kid stealing and Ipod on the boardwalk when there were TWELVE people arrested on Irish Day and SIXTY THREE people given summonses in lieu of arrest. SEVENTY FIVE crimes in the West End and we KNOW there were many more crimes committed that were not acted upon or went unseen by the police? What a sickening display and a disgrace beyond belief that this situation has not received more media attention.
Gerald Cymbalsky October 08, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Well I'll tell you the difference. The TWO boardwalk robberies were acts of violence for gain. The Irish day thumpery is annual self-degrading. Irish day does give a boost to the bars in the west end. Whereas, an assault and robbery on the boardwalk is an indication of a threat to us all.
LI Resistance October 09, 2011 at 12:21 AM
I agree with Wilbur. Most Americans value civil rights and personal liberty. Some Nannies like Weisenberg and other well known politicians have long forgotten what the Constitution is supposed to protect.
EditProfile October 09, 2011 at 01:06 AM
If 75 black kids were arrested or summoned, in lieu of arrest, at an annual event in Long Beach you can bet the ranch that would be the end of the annual event. But its just fine to have that kind of chaos, public indecency and violence as long as its associated with the Irish? What went on on the boardwalk is unacceptable. The West End travesty is WORSE because its totally preventable as opposed to a random violent act on the boardwalk.
Tideline October 09, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Eddie, the problem is you can't legally arm yourself in N.C.. Glad to hear you are getting out and enjoying yourself, may I can join you sometime ?
Misty October 09, 2011 at 05:17 PM
I have a problem with the fact that a 16 year old "boy" would even have the idea to rob a person and cause injuries. That is absolutely disgusting. It's a little too late for his family to tighten the reins now, but they should also be held accountable.
Ttucker23 October 10, 2011 at 02:28 AM
The police can not be everywhere at all times to prevent every possible theft, robbery, or crime committed in our town, or any town for that matter. As a former business owner in town and a lifelong resident of this town, I have witnessed first hand the immediate response and compassion of our police force. I think they have done a commendable job for the community. To blame them for the actions of 5 youths is really shortsighted. Our society needs to stop blaming the powers that be for all that ails us. These 5 individuals did something wrong and are now being caught and brought to justice. I agree with the previous post who mentioned that the parents need to be held accountable as well. Morals, values and ethics all start in the home and that is where we as a society are falling short.
Brendan October 10, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Hopefully the prosecutor takes the reins from here and wrecks this little punk's life. Enjoy 3 hots and a cot for the rest of your life kid! Dirtbag.
Mike October 13, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Too bad you dont know all of it. First the police did nothing to get the kid who did it because Shawn turned himself in. Talk about tpatting youself on the back for nothing. Shawn is a good kid whose hanging around a bad bunch who have been doing bad things for a while (wanted for oher stuff too) and unfortunately he did the right thing in turning himself in. He is a kid who is out of his element. He wishes he were home and done with all of this. Too bad people forget about peer pressure. Thats what happened here and fortunately the man is not seriously hurt. As for the boardwalk I agree that more patrolling is necessary and less of the storm trooper attitude. We have some fantastic police officers who care and I only wish they all did. Too bad the tough guy mentality affects so many here. Macho guys and jumping to conclusions. They have no problems ruining peoples lives and not giving people a second chance. It comes from the top. Change? Bottom line is Shawn is a good kid whose mixed up and needs to be straightened out. What about publishing the rest of the tough guys who did it? They have prior records and the sad part is that we still have them in out schools to tgreaten other people instead of their being in jail.
Mike October 13, 2011 at 05:41 PM
The 16 year old was questioned without a parent present. Oops. The 16 came forth on his own and did the right thing. Should not have been there in the first place but did the right thing nonetheless. So he gets all the blame. What about trying to straighten out good kids and not ruin their lives. Thats not whats needes.
Mike October 13, 2011 at 05:47 PM
We all seem to forget that this little City of Long Beach is run by politics and friends so its not about right and wrong its about who you know. Irish day was a nice idea unfortunately no everyone can hold their liquor. If there were no foghts or it was controlled it would be better but its an annual event no matter what. The police are NOT going to arrest that many people and douse the atmosphere of Irish day. I thinks its a good idea i just wish more people would control themselves.
Mike October 13, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Learn to read between the lines on anything coming from Long Beach and and politicians. Too bad. LB is a great place just a bunch of bad apples who think business as usual.
Trying to Make Sense October 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Just wondering... what about the rest of the attackers? I sure hope this "good" kid gone wrong has coughed up names. Attacks like this are vicious, anyone (teen gone wrong or not) who can do pummel an unsuspecting person from behind is a clear and present danger. They all must feel the absolute revulsion and punishment that their mindless violence deserves. No lust to ruin young lives Mike, but the road to a better life requires acknowledging the utter viciousness and contempt for human decency that their behavior represents.
MikeC. October 14, 2011 at 02:25 PM
If a sixteen year old kid steals a pumpkin off my stoop and smashes it in the street, he has committed a crime. If he beats me over the head with a stick before taking my pumpkin, he's entered a new realm. Public intoxication may be distasteful and foolhardy. Assault is a whole 'nuther smoke people!

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