A mob of “youths” shouted racial epithets as they kicked down the door of Mark LeVelle’s Port Richmond home before beating him with a pipe, punching him and pulling a gun.
LaVelle’s wife was cowering in the couple’s bedroom with their year-old twin boys. The couple’s two other sons and a nephew also hid upstairs from the “youths.”
Police arrested Bergson Morin, 21, of Rosehill Street near Wyoming Avenue, Feltonville, as the man with the gun. They arrested Enrique Delgado, 32, of Rockland and C streets, Feltonville, as the man who hit LaVelle with the pipe. And they arrested a 17-year-old juvenile as the one who punched LaVelle in the face, giving him a black eye.
Some “youths.” This is why every honest citizen should be armed. “Youths” Morin, Delgado and the 17-year old should have a lot more on their minds than charges by the authorities when they invade a family’s home.
This, by the way, happened on September 9. At 11PM (how’s that curfew working out for you?). And the reason this is the first you’re hearing about it is because the LeVelle family is white and the “youths” were black and Hispanic. Someone puts a cross on someone’s lawn or goofs around on a WalMart public address system, though, you hear about that shit the next morning. Just saying. Racial intimidation is hurtful, but this is people busting down someone’s door, beating the shit out of him and then pulling a gun.
Apparently, some black kid fell off his bike, giving a large group of black and Hispanic “youths” like the 21-year old Morin and the 32-year old Delgado an excuse to maraud and find some white folks to beat the shit out of. The “youths” found two white teenagers, chasing them. The pair came across LeVelle and asked him for help. He let them into his home for protection.
” ‘We got you, you white mother——-!’ ” LaVelle said he heard someone yell in the “mob” of black and Hispanic youths.
They were standing on his steps. One shouted, ” ‘Something’s going to happen now!’ ” LaVelle recalled in an interview Friday at his house. LaVelle got nervous and went back inside, locking his door with a deadbolt.
But the attackers pounded on his front windows and kicked his wooden door so hard, it flew open and some of them entered his house.
“The first guy hits me with a pipe. The second guy knocks me in the face. All I’m hearing is my wife and kids screaming,” said LaVelle, who feared that the next time they saw him, he would be in a casket.
He said that he was able to push the attackers out the door, but then a third man – who had a gun – tried to extend his arm. LaVelle grabbed onto the gunman’s lower arm and shoulder so he couldn’t raise the weapon. Then, police sirens screamed in the neighborhood, and the mob turned and ran.
Because we live in a society where certain segments always perceive themselves as victims, the 17-year old’s mother brought her own mob to LeVelle’s home the next day, blaming LeVelle for “getting her kid locked up.”
LaVelle said that the next day the mother of the juvenile came back with some other people, banging on his door, screaming. LaVelle, who was at a charity sports event, was called back to the house by one of his sons.
When he got home, LaVelle said, the mother yelled at him, ” ‘You white mother——, you got my kid locked up! You got my son locked up because he’s black, you’re white!’ ” The mother claimed that her son had been “a witness,” not an attacker. To that, LaVelle said if that were true, it would come out in court.
But the mother, according to LaVelle, then yelled: ” ‘If you make it to court! I know where you live!’ “
I looked at the list of charges filed against Morin and Delgado, and strangely I’m not seeing anything about hate crimes or racial intimidation.