By: ROCCO PARASCANDOLA Five youths have been charged in a Howard Beach assault in which a group of black and Hispanic teens attacked two white teens, police say, an assault that may have been racially motivated. Anti-white slurs were yelled at the victims, police sources said, and the Hate Crime Task Force will determine if bias was the motive. A bat and a hammer were recovered by police.
The five were charged with gang assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest, police said. They were part of a group of six 16-year-olds and two 15-year-olds. According to police, the Halloween night attack outside a McDonald’s on Cross Bay Boulevard was triggered by a confrontation minutes earlier in which a white teen threw an egg at the suspects. The victims were chased into the McDonald’s. Workers forced everyone outside and the victims were attacked, police said.