Police say they’ve arrested 7 more teens in the stabbing death of Long Island student caught on camera.
The arrests came Friday. Police say they’re all related to the stabbing death of a Nassau County high school student earlier this month.
The suspects are 19-year-old Haakim Mechan; 18-year-old Marquis Stephens; 18-year-old Javonte Neals; 17-year-old Taj Woodruff; 17-year-old Sean Merritt and two younger teens who were not named.
They were all slapped with gang assault charges in the slaying.
Police said that on Saturday morning at a press conference, Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder will formally announce the arrests related to the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Khaseen Morris.
The teens were all identified through footage posted on social media, including Snapchat.
The incident, which took place in Oceanside, New York shows just how far society has fallen.
Nassau County police say a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death, and some 70 people watched it and recorded it on their cell phones.
Not a single person stepped in to try and help, but countless witnesses uploaded the footage to social media afterwards.
The first to be charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Khaseen Morris was Tyler Flach, after police say he stabbed him in the chest.
Morris was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.
Khaseen Morris, 16, was stabbed once in the chest during the altercation. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.
“Kids stood there and didn’t help Khaseen,” Nassau County Police Detective Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick said. “They’d rather video. They videoed his death instead of helping him.”
According to Lt. Fitzpatrick, police reviewed all of the footage. According to them 18-year-old Tyler Flach was “absolutely” the person who fatally stabbed Morris.
On Thursday afternoon, Flach pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder in First District Court in Hempstead and was ordered to be held without bond.
“This defendant and his group of friends went looking for 16-year-old Khaseen Morris,” Senior Nassau Assistant District Attorney Ania Pulaski said to the court. “This defendant attacked Mr. Morris, stabbed him in the chest…piercing his heart.”
Lt. Fitzpatrick said it happened when a group of six or seven males attacked Morris and some of his friends as they were standing in front of a strip mall near Oceanside High School.
According to Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, there may soon be charges filed against other individuals.
“The time to come forward is now,” Commissioner Ryder said. “We have a community that’s outraged by the death of this young man. We’re outraged by the death of this young man. We had people stand by and take video. There’s video evidence that is out there.”
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Signas weighed in on the attack. She described it as a “horrific tragedy” for Morris’ family and the entire Oceanside community.
“We can’t sit idly by as 16-year-olds expire and bleed out on our streets here in Nassau County,” Signa implored. “So please, give us the information…to ensure that justice is done for Khaseen and his family.”
It’s not Flach’s first run-in with the law – he currently has two other cases pending against him for prior arrests.
In one of those cases, dating back to May 23, he was charged with third-degree assault after being arrested in connection with a road-rage incident.
He was arrested again on September 8th and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
His attorney, Edward Sapone, said there’s another side to the story.
“Tyler strongly maintains his innocence and he took the responsible step of self-surrendering to eventually clear his name,” he said. “At the appropriate time, we will release vital information about what happened that’s not captured on video and that completely changes this case. Until then, we ask the community to reserve judgment and pray for those who are suffering.”
According to Sapone, some of Morris’ friends may be affiliated with the Bloods street gang. As a result, he’s asked that Flach be held in protective custody to prevent him from being killed.
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