Teen charged with mugging off-duty correction officer in White Plains

WHITE PLAINS – A 16-year-old Yonkers boy was arrested Friday night after he and two or three other young men mugged an off-duty state correction officer who fought them off before pulling his gun and chasing them away, police said.

Devante Rainey of 1 Glenwood St. was picked up a few moments later, police said, and was identified by the 31-year-old officer, who lives in Auburn, N.Y. Rainey was charged with second-degree robbery, a felony; and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m., when the officer and his girlfriend were walking to their car after a movie. The officer told police that Rainey and two or three other young men were blocking the sidewalk near Mamaroneck and Martine avenues.

“Excuse me,” Rainey said to the couple, according to the police report. “I’m not moving. You gotta go around me.”

The officer told police that as he and his girlfriend got to their car, Rainey threw a cup at him and punched him in the face. When the officer fought back, the other men joined in, he said, punching him and going through his pockets.

At that point, the officer said, he pulled his gun from his waistband and identified himself as a correction officer. The muggers ran off in different directions, he said.

The officer reported the incident to members of the police mounted unit. Police said Rainey was seen a short time later near where the incident took place and was arrested.

Bail and court information were not available.

No one else was arrested.

source: http://www.lohud.com/article/20081021/NEWS02/810210351/1023/RSS0104

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