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Teen Arrested in 'Purge Night' Beating in Marcus Garvey Park, Police Say

By Gustavo Solis | September 1, 2015 10:18am
 A teenager attacked a 39-year-old man in the park at 3:45 a.m. on August 26, police said.
A teenager attacked a 39-year-old man in the park at 3:45 a.m. on August 26, police said.
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HARLEM — A 14-year-old boy went on a mini crime spree inspired by the horror film, "The Purge," beating a man with a mop handle and, in a separate incident, sticking up a deli with a BB gun, police said.

"You know it's Purge night," the teen told a 39-year-old man sleeping in Marcus Garvey Park, on Aug. 26 at 3:45 a.m before beating him in the face and head with the metal end of a mop handle and rifling his pockets, police said.

In the 2013 movie, the government legalizes all criminal activity for a 12-hour period.

The teen got away with $94 in cash and the man's cellphone, according to prosecutors. It's unclear the extent of the victim's injuries.

The following night, the boy walked into a deli at 203 E. 121st St. about 1:34 a.m. with a shirt tied around his face, waved a BB gun and demanded cash, according to his criminal complaint.

Officers found him sitting on a nearby bench with the stolen $19 and a BB gun, according to the NYPD.

He is due in court Tuesday, records show.