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Peekskill Siblings Arrested Following Assault of Minor

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Police said a city man punched a minor on Friday night and that his sister helped him temporarily avoid arrest, then tried to avoid her own arrest by spitting in an officer's face. Peekskill resident Hasseem Jenkins, 19, was charged with felony assault and his sister, Quantasia Jenkins, 21, faces charges of resisting arrest and obstruction.

According to police, Officer Matt Basso saw Hasseem Jenkins punch as 16-year-old boy in the face as he was leaving a party at the Christopher Columbus Club on Crompound Road with a group of people about 11:20 p.m. on Nov. 25.

“There were approximately 40-50 people in the area at the time,” said Sgt. Ray Henderlong, spokesperson for Peekskill Police.

Police said Quantasia Jenkins, also of Peekskill, interfered with the arrest by pulling at Basso and pushing him away from her brother – allowing him to escape Basso’s custody and flee on foot. Officers chased Hasseem Jenkins to a residence on the 900 block of Second Street, where they eventually lost him.

Quantasia Jenkins violently resisted officers during her own arrest and spit in the face of Police Officer Mike Lawrence, police said. She was charged with two counts resisting arrest and one count obstruction of governmental administration, both misdemeanors.

Hasseem Jenkins later turned himself in and was charged with second-degree assault, a class D felony, as well as resisting arrest and interfering with governmental administration, both misdemeanors.

The 16-year-old unnamed assault victim was treated by Peekskill EMS and transported to Hudson Valley Hospital where, according to police reports, he sustained a broken nose.

Henderlong said he did not know if alcohol or drugs played a role in the incident since it was not posted in the police report.

Both Hasseem and Quintasia Jenkins were held for arraignment in city court.

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