9 ‘Lost Boys’ Gang Members Arrested In Attack, Harassment of Indians
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) _ Nine members of a gang who dubbed themselves ″The Lost Boys″ have been charged with assaulting and harassing Indians.
Members of the group beat 22-year-old Harinder S. Bajaj on May 23 ″solely because he was Indian,″ Middlesex County Prosecutor Alan Rockoff said Friday.
Bajaj was assaulted in an Edison parking lot by a group of eight who kicked him and beat him with bats, rocks and homemade weapons. He was treated for head and eye injuries and needed 30 stitches for a facial cut.
The day after the assault on Bajaj, members of the gang drove through a predominantly Asian neighborhood in Edison, a suburb 20 miles southwest of Newark, shrieking racial insults against Indian immigrants, Rockoff said.
Members of the group went through initiation rites and often wore red bandanas, officials said.
Four young adults and four juveniles were charged with assaulting Bajaj, and another alleged gang member was charged with harassment.
One of those charged in those incidents also was among five alleged gang members charged in an unrelated case. The five, charged with theft by deception or conspiracy, were accused of running a scheme in which they smashed up their own cars and collected $12,000 from insurance companies to remodel them, Rockoff said.