NORWALK, Conn. — The mother of a Brien McMahon High student assaulted in the school cafeteria last September said she wants justice in the case – a day after a second suspect was arrested by Norwalk Police in the attack.
Steph "Junior" Alcena, 19, of 43 Chestnut St., Norwalk, was arrested Wednesday night at his home by officers who had a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with second-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree criminal trespass. His bond was set at $25,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 17.
"I just want to make sure this is not swept under the carpet," said the woman, who said she was devastated by the assault on her 14-year-old son. He was out of school for two weeks after suffering severe injuries to his face, especially the left side, she said.
The attack left the teen fearful that he would be targeted again when he returned to school, she said.
"He was afraid to go back. He was afraid of retribution," she said.
Police said the youth was grabbed and thrown to the cafeteria floor by Alcena and Shnyden Pierre, 21, and kicked and punched as he was lying on the floor. Pierre was arrested in mid-December.
The teen's mother said after the 4:45 p.m. attack, her son was able to get up and stagger outside, where teammates from his sports team saw him. He was then taken to the hospital for treatment.
"All he remembers is being punched, and he doesn't remember anything after that," she said of the attack.
According to the arrest warrant for Shnyden Pierre, a teenage girl called older acquaintances instead of school staff after the teen allegedly pushed and slapped her. She met Alcena and Pierre, along with others, at the front door of the school, police said. The two, along with at least a half-dozen individuals, were captured on school security cameras walking through the school, police said.
The suspects were identified by the school's resource officer and a school official.