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WORCESTER- About a dozen teenagers - many of whom claim to be Young Kilby Posse gang members - were arraigned in court yesterday for allegedly surrounding a North Street building Monday evening while two of them entered an apartment and beat a man.

Police were still investigating the motive for the attack, but the intended victim may have had some prior beef with the group, police spokesman Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst said.

According to gang unit Sgt. Stephen L. Roche, the intended victim may be a member of a rival group, and Monday night's fight may have been gang-related. Authorities are still investigating whether the victim is part of a city gang.

Police were called at 5:24 p.m. Monday to a North Street address for a report of a fight with some people armed with weapons. When officers arrived they found a group of people in front of the building who said the fight was over.

Investigators learned two sport utility vehicles full of teenagers drove onto North Street and started to walk to an apartment building where an 18-year-old city man lived with his father and 15-year-old brother.

Earlier in the day, the alleged gang members had tried to get into the 18-year-old's apartment but were unsuccessful, police said.

"They were chased away in the earlier incident, but they promised they would be back with more people," Sgt. Hazelhurst said.

Police reports said the group returned with more people. Witnesses told investigators about 30 youths surrounded the apartment building and yelled for the 18-year-old to come out and fight.

While the group allegedly yelled outside, two teenagers fought their way into the back door of the apartment. The intended victim's father tried to push the door shut as Craig Shippee, 18, of 118 Canterbury St., and one of the juveniles allegedly pushed back.

The pair allegedly forced their way inside and struck the 49-year-old father over the head with a broken piece of broomstick and the handle of a shovel, Sgt. Hazelhurst said.

One of the sons grabbed a baseball bat and hit Mr. Shippee over the head. Mr. Shippee - who is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 260 pounds - and his young cohort then ran out.

The father was taken to a city hospital for treatment of a large cut to the left side of his head. Police also found the rear door to the apartment had been smashed.

Reports said a bicycle had been thrown at the door. A broken broom handle was found near the bicycle.

As investigators spoke to the victims and witnesses at the apartment, police relayed a description of the vehicles the group of teenagers allegedly had driven to the scene.

Around 6:15 p.m., Officer Stephen Mitchell was on patrol and saw a white Lincoln Navigator filled with teenagers on Gardner Street. The officer pulled the SUV over and kept the occupants there until witnesses were brought to the area.

A few minutes later, gang unit members spotted a dark-colored Chevrolet Blazer parked on Gates Street. Several men stood outside the SUV, including an injured Mr. Shippee.

"Shippee was bleeding from the head," Sgt. Hazelhurst said. Witnesses were also called to that area as well.

Sgt. Hazelhurst said witnesses identified the group of teenagers as the people who had been at the apartment, and the father identified Mr. Shippee and the juvenile male as his attackers.

All of the suspects were arrested and charged with armed home invasion, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious and willful vandalism.

Three 15-year-old city boys, two 14-year-old city boys, along with Travis M. Burrell, 17, of 22 Loxwood St; Raymond V. Portalatin, 18, of 128 Dewey St.; Maurice T. Chase, 17, of 7 Gates St. Apt. 3; Rafael J. Rivera, 19, of 5 Pines Acres Road, Spencer; and Daniel Grajales, 19, of 31 Freeland St.; and Mr. Shippee were arraigned in Central District Court or Juvenile Court yesterday.

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"They were chased away in the earlier incident, but they promised they would be back with more people," Sgt. Hazelhurst said.
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