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Teen Stabbed in McCarren Park

By Meredith Hoffman | July 10, 2012 5:11pm | Updated on July 11, 2012 1:30pm
McCarren Park near McCarren Pool was reportedly the scene of a vicious stabbing and beating Friday night.
McCarren Park near McCarren Pool was reportedly the scene of a vicious stabbing and beating Friday night.
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WILLIAMSBURG — A teen was stabbed and beaten to near-death in McCarren Park Friday night, just days after McCarren Park Pool stepped up security in the wake of violence, police said.

A gang of about eight teenage boys chased a 16-year-old across the park and then struck him with a knife, broken bottles and baseball bats, the blog A Walk in the Park first reported.

Three teenagers have been arrested for allegedly chasing and attacking the victim, Carlos Gonzalez, at Driggs and Union Avenue Friday night at 9:20 p.m., court papers showed.

The suspects — Argenis Zarzuela, 18, Kenny Nunez, 15, and Seth Martinez, 16 — "struck Carlos Gonzalez with a brick and threw [him] to the ground" and then "repeatedly punched and kicked [him] about the head, face and body," according to the criminal complaint.

They also "repeatedly cut and stabbed" Gonzalez with knives, the complaint continued.

After they were called by a witness to the scene, cops then found Gonzalez "bleeding from the back of the head" and then he was taken to a local hospital for stab wounds. He is now in stable condition, the complaint noted.

"From where I was it looked like they were stabbing him in the lower back," said the witness who called the cops about the incident, according to the blog A Walk in the Park. "They were swinging baseball bats, punching him and throwing things. They hit him with a bottle. It was the whole group, everybody was getting their punches in. They seemed hell bent on killing this kid."

The three suspects, who are due in court Thursday, have been charged with attempted murder, gang assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, officials said.

Their attorney, Jacob Lipsky of Brooklyn Defender Services, did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment.

The incident came just days after two fights at McCarren Park Pool since the renovated structure's opening at the end of June. In one brawl a cop was punched by a teenager, and in another a group of teens attacked lifeguards at the pool.