LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. -- (WPIX) -- When Debora Perez, a Suffolk County school bus driver, went on a cruise last August, her only son — John— asked if he could have several friends over. His mom said yes.
Unfortunately, someone posted on social media that the gathering on Benoni Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma was an “open house.”
“My son was asking people to ‘please leave the property,’” Perez recently told PIX11.
There was an incident, in the middle of the street, that Perez’s son, John, said he didn’t know about.
“All I know is some kid got beaten up and it had nothing to do with us,” John, now 20, said.
What happened more than two hours later on August 5 was captured on eight surveillance cameras that Perez has affixed to her single-family home. John, then 19, was in the backyard, cleaning up trash. John is bi-racial and Perez said her family is the only family of color on the street.
“These men just rushed in and attacked us,” John told PIX11. “Crowbars. One had a really big monkey wrench.”