A 15-year-old Mount Vernon resident has been indicted for killing a teen and assaulted another.
This was disclosed in a statement by Westchester County District, Attorney Miriam E. Rocah, on Wednesday June 1, 2022.
According to the statement, Juvenile Offender was indicted in connection with an April stabbing that killed one teen and injured another in Mount Vernon.
He was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, all felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a misdemeanor.
The defendant was arraigned on May 31, 2022, and is being held without bail.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victims and their families in what continues to be an extremely tragic and difficult time.
Violence and the disregard for human life among our youth continues to be among the most troubling issues that we face as a society and I will continue to work with all of our government and community partners to try and find ways to prevent such senseless loss of young lives,” DA Rocah said.
“Pursuing justice on behalf of all victims has been, and continues to be, paramount to the work of my office. We remain committed to vigorously prosecuting violent crimes and will seek to hold the defendant accountable within the bounds of the law that have been put in place in relation to juvenile offenders.”
The Juvenile Offender is charged with fatally stabbing 16-year-old Mount Vernon resident Kayla Green on Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon at approximately 3:55 p.m. on April 8, 2022.
The victim was transported to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, where she was pronounced dead.
The Juvenile Offender is also charged with stabbing a second victim, 15, who was taken to the hospital for treatment of a puncture wound and other injuries.
The Mount Vernon Police Department arrested the Juvenile Offender following an investigation, with assistance from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety and the FBI’s Westchester Safe Streets Task Force.
The case is before Judge Susan Cacace in Youth Part, and is being prosecuted by Homicide Bureau Chief Lana Hochheiser and Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau Chief James Bavero.
The charges against the defendant are merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.