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Attack by youths on mother and son propels cops, agencies to join forces

Published: Fri, September 23, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



A 52-year-old Youngstown woman and her 19-year-old son thought they would have an uneventful drive home through the South Side.

But those plans changed when they were attacked and beaten by a group of juveniles.

The attack took place when the group refused to move out of the street for their passing car on Gibson Street last Friday afternoon. A 14-year-old boy kicked the car, causing damage to the driver’s side door.

The son reportedly got out of the car to inspect the damage and ask the boy why he kicked the car. He was attacked by the group of teens, thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched.

The mother got out of the car in an attempt to stop the group from beating her son, but she, too, was attacked.

The group of juveniles punched and kicked the woman repeatedly, according to a police report.

“I just decided to stand up and say this is wrong, and like nine or 10 of them came from everywhere. Then, they went after my mom,” the son said in a telephone interview with The Vindicator.

After the attack, the woman told police her head was hurting and she planned on taking her son to hospital so that they both could be checked for injuries.

Police canvassed the area shortly after the attack and arrested Suadonte Wright, 14, of Brookline Avenue, believed to have been responsible for kicking the car and being a part of the attack.

He is charged with assault and criminal damaging and was taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

The son said the attack on him and his mother lasted only seconds, but the emotional scars are likely to last a lot longer.

“My mom is afraid to go up the same street again, so we have to take alternate routes when we travel in the area,” he said. “It’s a shame these kids are doing these things. It’s like a cancer that we just can’t seem to stop.”

Police Chief Rod Foley said the police department is going to make every effort possible to stop the “cancer” the assault victims spoke about.

Foley said the department is joining forces with the juvenile justice center, the Violent Crimes Task Force and other law-enforcement agencies to gain control over wayward youths.

He said officers have been out canvassing the area for truant juveniles and those on probation who are not in school or at home.

“We want to know where they are at and what they are doing,” he said. “We are going to start ramping it up over there.

“You want to act like fools, we are going to get out there and get you.”

Foley said the initiative targeting wayward juveniles got under way Thursday morning, and by noon, officers had made contact with several youths and confiscated three firearms.

The department also is planning curfew sweeps to make sure juveniles are abiding by the city’s 11 p.m. curfew for minors.

The son in the Gibson Street attack said his family is ready to pack up and leave a home that has been in their family for more than 50 years.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years ago

self-defense laws need to be addressed.

1 warning shot, then shoot to kill.

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2Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years ago

“You want to act like fools, we are going to get out there and get you.”

And hopefully the citizens get there before they do and have swift justice.

"Foley said the initiative targeting wayward juveniles got under way Thursday morning, and by noon, officers had made contact with several youths and confiscated three firearms."

Really?? A few hours and found 3 firearms. That's scary. Young wanna b gangstas need to be put down quickly.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

These kids have shown who has the power in the hood . They rule the streets . The woman and her son were trespassing on their turf . She was under their rules and not the rules of society . Taking Suadonte Wright to JJC has only opened the door to further retaliation against her . Taking the guns from the other kids has added fuel to the flames of hatred toward the man .

When in the hood and the street is blocked your best option is to turn around and find another route . Getting out of your car is suicidal . The fight will never be one on one . Your pulling out a gun will only get you killed or charged with murder .

The SouthSide has been out of control for years . This is nothing new . To get order re-established will take years and will have to be done by those who live there . Now they feel no obligation toward society . Only by turning them into a culture of productivity will progress be made . Jobs are needed in the hood to accomplish this . Small shops serving a central factory would be ideal . Will it happen ? Only when leadership decides to put resources into the SouthSide and not into frivolous projects elsewhere .

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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years ago


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5kensgirl(873 comments)posted 4 years ago

Where are the mothers and fathers? Smoking dope and making new thugs! Arrest them too. Hold ALL the thugs responsible.

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6DwightK(1399 comments)posted 4 years ago

Where were thses kids parents? Why didn't they know what this gang of kids was doing? They need to get their Cheeto encrsuted rupms off the couch and go check on their kids once in a while.

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7joseph(48 comments)posted 4 years ago

They all need to be shot execution style. End of story.

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years ago

Stan is right TURN AROUND plus have a CCW and have a gun with you

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

Behind the lashing out . . ..

Suadonte's dad was killed while visiting Galaxy Seafoods .


According to police, off-duty Youngstown officer Mike Walker was working security at the North Side restaurant and was in the back of the restaurant when Warren V. Wright, 32, of Youngstown, walked in around 6 p.m., pointed a gun at a worker at the front of the establishment, and demanded money.

Wright died after being shot in the chest by Walker.


YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held Monday, April 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Warren V. Wright who departed this life April 8, 2011

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Diane Wright Hamilton of Youngstown; his father, Warren Poole of Fla.; four sons, Treonte Love, Rayshawn, Suadonte and Karon Wright, all of Youngstown

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10oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 4 years ago

Gee , I will have to drive around up there BTW I do have a CCW permit . Hope no one tries that s**t on me , I scare easily and may have to use deadly force

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11endthismess(414 comments)posted 4 years ago

Rule #1, never, never get out of the car.
Rule #2, always carry your CCW and gun, keep it very handy to your reach.
Rule #3, put the car in reverse, turn side ways, do what ever you have to do to go in the reverse direction even if it means doing a lawn job (easier to appologize to that owner later).
Rule #4, when you turn onto a street and see these slimmy pieces of wandering dog s--- standing or clustered about, turn around immediately. Call 911 and then find an alternate way home.
We have got to be just as mean as these morbid scums bags to defend ourselves people. One of these hateful pukes makes an attempt I'll fire a warning shot first, maybe.

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12candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years ago

The city of Philly needs a 8 pm curfew for 10 year olds as parents let children roam miles from home on school nights.

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13southsidedave(5126 comments)posted 4 years ago

Everyone should carry a firearm and make these thugs think twice before attacking someone!

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14grandma56(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

why aren't these kids in school?? if people would report it when they see school age kids running the streets during school hours then the police could pick them up. the problem is that people don't want to get involved and these punks know it, so they are allowed to do whatever they want knowing that know one is ever going to do anything about it. instead of putting the blame on others, how about the next time you see kids during school hour, you pick up the phone and take a step in the right direction!!!!!

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15Seeitcoming(10 comments)posted 4 years ago

Punish the guilty kids and the loser parents. This is "hooliganism" in its pure form and needs to be stomped out immediately. Take these thugs and their parents to the Covelli Center and hold a public whipping with an oil soaked whip! I will personally volunteer to train to be in shape to help administer the punishment. This is why the city of Ytown and our whole region is going down the drain. These losers are responsible for inciting panic and destroying property values and they need to pay the price. WWII FACT in the Soviet Union the penalty for hooliganism was DEATH. So sick of this crap!

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16computer_rick(137 comments)posted 4 years ago

The police would pick them up if people called about youths being out?

Ha! Ha! Pretty funny. Sorry, the only time you see YPD anywhere near the hood is when it is between where they spent their shift hiding, and end of shift guard mount. And then it is generally seeing them zoom by at 50 mph staring straight ahead.

I apologize to all those who do try and make a difference. But you know what (and who) I am talking about.

So, any luck getting those GPS's installed in the patrol cars?

"yeah, my car was in my driveway, I stopped home for lunch/dinner/family emergency/the Super Bowl..."

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17BusDriver(46 comments)posted 4 years ago

This walking in the road needs to be stopped. There are sidewalks, and when they decide to stay in the road and gang up around your car and get in, floor it and if stopped sorry officer I was driving then all of sudden they decided to play chicken with my 3000lb vehicle I tried to stop and my brakes wouldnt work o my what a malfunction.

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18SICKOFSTUPID(5 comments)posted 4 years ago

If the 14 year old who was involved in this could even read, I would say to him, You will never amount to anything in your life. You are a useless piece of crap and a burden to society so do the world a favor and just kill yourself already.

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19Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

r0n724 :

"Stan is a moron! "

Fools like you are challenged by their limited thought process doing battle with reality . Like it or not the culture in the hood has control over life and death . This ( Suadonte Wright ) kids dad ( Warren V. Wright ) was blown away at Galaxy Seafoods recently . He is bitter and lashing out at society . The woman and her son were lucky to survive exiting their car .

Your delusion of taking on the hood by running some over speaks volumes for your mentality . If you should survive doing that the law would have you in prison and a lawyer would enrich the hood with a lawsuit .

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