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North Salem Brothers Charged in Assault on Brewster Teens

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

Two North Salem teens are facing felony charges for their alleged involvement in a brawl that left one Brewster teen hospitalized with critical injuries.

Jonathan P. Owoo, 19, and Michael X. Owoo, 17, both of Westview Cross Road, were sent to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond bail following the ,  Donald B. Smith said Thursday afternoon. 

Two teens were hurt during the brawl, which involved more than 50 youths and occurred in the woods next to a Southeast parking lot on Route 22. Members of the  Ambulance transported the first, a 17-year-old boy, to . He was reportedly admitted in critical condition, but has since been released.

"[He] suffered a fractured skull, cerebral hemorrhage and hearing loss as a result of being repeatedly struck in the head by a metal baseball bat and a socket wrench," authorities said.

The second, an 18-year-old boy, was released from the same hospital after being treated for contusions and "substantial pain," according to police. Neither of the victims were named in the release.

Police charged the elder of the brothers with first-degree assault and second-degree assault, both felonies, as well as two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

"It is alleged that he possessed the metal baseball bat and used it as a weapon by repeatedly striking the 17 year-old victim in the head, causing serious physical injuries," officials said in a statement. "He also allegedly struck the 18 year-old victim on the arm with the baseball bat, causing physical injury."

Michael X. Owoo is facing first-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

"He is being accused of possessing a socket wrench and using it as a weapon by striking the 17 year-old victim in the head, causing serious physical injuries," officials said.

An investigation by Sheriff's officials led to the pair's arrest, which occurred at their home. New York State Police assisted in taking the brothers into custody. Authorities worked with the Putnam County Distirct Attorney's Office before they were charged.

Chief Investigator A. Gerald Schramek told Patch that the cause of the altercation has not yet been determined.

Following the arrest, the teens were arraigned before Village of Brewster Justice Richard O'Rourke, on behalf of Southeast Justice Court. Police say Southeast Justice Gregory Folchetti issued an order of protection prohibiting the defendants from contacting the victims.

The brothers are due in court July 19.

nina July 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I don't know all the details, but killed is different than beat up. They said it was 50 youths there and only two arrested? Maybe there is more to the story than we know, maybe self defense? I really don't know and don't pretend to until all the facts come out.
Rich Parker July 07, 2012 at 08:38 AM
From the Journal - News: "This is not the first encounter the Owoo brothers have had with police this year. In April, state police charged them with misdemeanor assault after a fight involving five people on Main Street. Those charges are still pending, a North Salem Court Clerk said." So it's okay to beat people almost to death as long as they're not actually dead? I can't see the difference here, and I can't see why there isn't outrage in the community over this.
Ashley Tarr July 07, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Hi Rich and Nina. Thank you both for the comments. I'll be sure to stay on top of this story and post any new information I obtain. Did either of you hear about the gathering before the news stories came out? Do you know any of the kids who attended?
nina July 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
No I don't that's why I didn't want to pass judgement before the facts came out in this case. And to Rich of course being severely beaten is bad. But how can I comment fairly unless I know the whole story. There are obviously 50 witnesses and the courts will handle it I'm sure. The other matter is if they were in trouble in April why wasnt that dealt with so they couldn't be a menace in June.
Rich Parker July 09, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Ashley, I heard about it first right here on Patch. Nina, I didn't mean my comment personally. I was pointing out that in 2009 nobody waited for a conviction before reacting. They probably should have.

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