Teen charged in assault taken from school

November 04, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The first of five teenage boys to be charged for beating up a classmate on a Waynesboro street Friday afternoon was picked up by police at Waynesboro Area Senior High School Monday and turned over to juvenile authorities, according to Chief Glenn Phenicie of the Waynesboro Police Department.

The youth was charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit assault in the beating of Mark Travitz, 15, of 129 W. Third St., Waynesboro. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Clayton Avenue and Second Street, police said.

Four other boys, one 14, two 15, and one who just turned 18, face similar charges in the incident, Phenicie said. The names of the juveniles will be withheld. The name of the 18-year-old will be released after his arrest, Phenicie said.


Phenicie said he believed the 15-year-old picked up Monday will be held at a juvenile facility in Harrisburg, Pa. The other four will be picked up later this week, he said.

"They're not going anywhere," he said.

Travitz was taken by ambulance to Waynesboro Hospital, where he was treated for sore ribs and a possible concussion before being released, police said.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Travitz lying on Second Street surrounded by students, mostly girls, who tried to protect him from passing cars, said Patrolman Michael Bock, the investigating officer.

Travitz was crying and said he could not see, police said.

Police said witnesses told them that Travitz was walking home from school with his foster sister, Veronica Coleman, when a group of boys who had been picking on another youth turned their attentions to him. They pushed Coleman out of the way, police said. At least one of the youths held Travitz while others punched him. One, believed to be the youth who was arrested Monday, slammed Travitz's head against a nearby car. The other youths kicked him while he was lying on the ground, police said.

Phenicie said he had no motive for the attack. He called the suspects "bullies."

Three of the suspects were pointed out by a witness as they walked up Second Street, police said. They were put in the rear of a police cruiser and while sitting there laughed and joked, thinking the incident was funny, police said. They denied knowledge of the incident when questioned at headquarters, police said.

They said they were standing about 30 feet away while Travitz was being beaten up in statements police said they believed were "rehearsed."

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