On Aug. 25 the Glen Cove Police received calls for youths soliciting in the Glen Cove area. One youth, age 13, was located in front of Walgreens on Forest Ave. Upon arrival the police spoke to the 13 year old solicitor who indicated that he was soliciting for the New York Youth Club and his supervisor was not at the scene. Another solicitor age 14 was found in front of Starbucks located at 202 Glen Cove Ave. That solicitor also indicated that he was soliciting for The New York Youth Club.
The youths supervisor, Robert Blackwood of Mount Vernon was contacted and he indicated that he was 30 minutes away from Glen Cove, but would respond to the Glen Cove Police Department. At 8:35 p.m., Robert Blackwood told officers that he had a total of four more youths soliciting for him in the Glen Cove and Port Washington area but they had all been picked up and accounted for.
Upon further investigation by the Glen Cove Police Department it was discovered that those youths were not yet picked up and were still out soliciting. The Glen Cove Police located another solicitor age 13, in front of Stop and Shop on Forest Ave. The Port Washington Police Department was notified and they located three youths soliciting in various business locations in their jurisdiction. Those youths (age 13, 14, 14) were all soliciting for the New York Youth Club under the supervision of Blackwood. When questioned the youths indicated that Blackwood took possession of their cell phones and would not allow them to possess them while they were soliciting.
Based upon the evidence and statements of the youths, Blackwood was placed under arrest by the Glen Cove Police and charged with six counts of endangering the welfare of a child and soliciting without a permit. The defendant was arraigned in Glen Cove Court on Aug. 26 and is currently being held on $10,000 bail.
—Submitted by the Glen Cove Police Department