Teens arrested in Staten Island paintball attacks

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Two Staten Island teens have been arrested in connection with a string of local paintball attacks, including one on an Orthodox Jewish man that was investigated as a hate crime.

The teens, Andrew Larstanna, 17, and Nicholas Barranco, 18, were accused of carrying out four separate paintball attacks on July 10 and July 11, local media reported.

The first attack occurred on Friday, July 10, when an Orthdox man, 67, was hit in the shoulder by a paintball while walking with his wife and son. The incident was investigated as a possible hate crime by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force.

 None of the other victims was Jewish. No hate crime charges have been filed against the teens.

There have been no arrests yet in paintball shootings that occurred earlier this month and in March in Brooklyn.

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