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Teen tackled after prank, charges lodged

A home at 59 Egmont Court is seen in Delmar on Thursday. Daniel Van Plew, the homeowner, faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and harassment after tackling a teen who rang his doorbell late at night as part of a prank called "ding dong ditch."
A home at 59 Egmont Court is seen in Delmar on Thursday. Daniel Van Plew, the homeowner, faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and harassment after tackling a teen who rang his doorbell late at night as part of a prank called "ding dong ditch."
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A homeowner in his underwear chased down and tackled one of four teens who rang his doorbell and fled in a late-night prank called “ding dong ditch,” an incident that has led to charges against the homeowner but not the boy. The teen was bloodied by the takedown. The homeowner, Daniel Van Plew, and the boy’s family disagree over the amount of force used and about where the tackle occurred, which could make a difference ...

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phfmmf
July 23, 2010
9:50 a.m.

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The parents shoould drop all charges. Their son was caught doing something wrong.

WordWiz78
July 23, 2010
8:52 p.m.

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Let's see...what's wrong with this story? Could it be that the ONE person being punished is the ONE person doing something right? The boy trespassed on this man's property - in case we've all forgotten, this is illegal. He harassed the man - again, illegal. He pounded on this man's door, scaring his children. The father of this trouble-maker is doing the wrong thing by standing up for him. He's effectively telling his child, "It's okay to harass people. It's okay to trespass on other's private property. It's okay to pound on someone's door late at night as a prank. It's okay to not ever GROW UP." But then, I guess not growing up worked pretty well for the teen's father, because he apparently thinks the prank was hilarious. He could have used this as a good lesson to his teen: you screwed up, you have to accept the consequences. Instead, he tells him: you screwed up, but there's no consequence; in fact, you didn't even really screw up. The justice system has failed on an epic level by refusing to prosecute young teens when they break the law. I'm sorry, so it's okay to break the law so long as you're under 18? Please tell me which of our founding fathers intended *that* to be true. Or is it based on the so-called "experts"? The homeowner caught the teen. He detained him. The teen wasn't hurt any more than he would have been in a football game. If the teen's own father can't mete out punishment, and the state refuses to, good for Mr. Van Plew for showing this kid that you can't just do whatever you want without consequence. The teen could have avoided all of this by *not* performing such a stupid and criminal act in the first place. I'm tired of all the "Well, he's just a kid, it's not his fault." Here's a thought: TEACH your kid right from wrong. If the teen's father wants to insist that his kid isn't to blame because he's "just a kid," maybe we should be prosecuting the kid's father instead.

SportyGal883C
July 24, 2010
10:02 a.m.

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This is why kids are the way they are. They can do what ever they want, when ever they want, where ever they want and the law backs them up. If my kid got caught doing that, I sure as hell wouldn't be backing him/her up. I agree, prosecute the kids father. NY says parents are responsible for their children until the age of 21. Let him take responsiblity for his kids actions. The father by acting the way he is; is just showing the kid he can do what ever he wants and his father will back him up, bad or good.

irene58
July 24, 2010
6:20 p.m.

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I hope there's some sort of protest when this innocent homeowner appears in court, this is just insane. Show up with signs, next time, it could be anyone who owns a home.

dlittlecook
July 24, 2010
9:49 p.m.

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The story is out that the Albany County DA will be dropping the charges against Mr. Van Plew. This is the right thing to do. I agree, if this were to go to court, there should be a demonstration showing support for the real victim, Mr. Van Plew.

WordWiz78
July 26, 2010
11:29 a.m.

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They are indeed dropping the charges, though quite frankly, I think a public apology is in order for charging him in the first place. And it's an incredibly sad statement to our justice system that the kid won't be prosecuted with anything. Okay, so trespassing isn't enough of an offense. Fine. What about harassment? He should at least be forced to do community service. I'm not saying a stupid prank deserves jail time, but if we let him get away with this stuff now, he's only going to graduate to bigger and bolder things as he gets older, especially with a father whose actions tell him he can do no wrong.

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