Five former ACS teens accused of robbing man on First Avenue

Administration for Children’s Services facility in Kips Bay (Photo via Google Maps)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested five teenagers who used to live at the Administration for Children’s Services building for an alleged robbery that took place last Wednesday at the corner of East 30th Street and First Avenue, a block away from the facility.

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Nazairo, 18-year-old Eahquan Cleaves and 18-year-old Amias Bettis, as well as a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, approached a man in his 40s in the early hours on August 29 at 12:05 a.m. Police said that Nazairo punched him in the back of the head and the jaw. The teens then allegedly grabbed the victim’s headphones and demanded his wallet.

Cleaves was arrested at the corner of First Avenue and East 30th Street, and Nazairo, Bettis and the two younger teenagers were caught at Second Avenue and East 27th Street after police searched the area.

One of the teenagers was also charged with weapons possession because he was allegedly in possession of a knife that police said he told them he carries for self-defense.

The names of the two younger teenagers are being withheld due to their age.

4 thoughts on “Five former ACS teens accused of robbing man on First Avenue

  1. Enough is enough already. Our “politicians” need to step in and get a plan in place for this facility. Obviously whatever ACS is doing is not working, so figure something out, before someone gets killed.

    And no, this is not the time for a damned community garden in playground 11.

    • Now, if we had youth programs like Dinkin’s Midnight Basketball available, maybe these kids wouldn’t be out on the street committing crimes in the wee hours.

      I suggest Playground 11 would be perfect for that!

  2. 30th Street and 1st Avenue has all kinds of security–from the adult homeless shelter’s DHSPD, and guards from NYU Langone Medical Center and the NYC Medical Examiner’s Office, and potential security–the doormen on duty at 350 E. 30th. I’m surprised no one was around to at least discourage the *former* ACS shelter resident teens from assaulting and robbing a lone man on that corner. Maybe it’s time to recruit a Guardian Angels-type neighborhood-watch crew from among the grown-up forensic shelter population. They’re tougher than the ACS teens could ever be, or will ever be, when (and if) the kids grow up. Vigilante shelter chaperones is a potential solution, in the absence of NYPD and DHSPD or other law-enforcement presence on “hospital-and-shelter row,” along that 1st Avenue stretch.

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