‘SI Advance’ Paper Carrier Assaulted by Grandson of Borough President

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By: E&P Staff

A newspaper carrier for the Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance was allegedly attacked by the grandson of Staten Island?s top elected official, the Advance reported Wednesday.

Steven Molinaro, the ?troubled grandson? of Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly beating up an Advance newspaper carrier, the paper reported, his third arrest this year.

Mark Veras, 14, reportedly suffered a brain contusion and bruised upper lip and needed 10 stitches, his parents told the paper. He was admitted overnight to Staten Island University Hospital.

Steven Molinaro apparently objected to the carrier leaving part of his newspaper stack unattended as he and a female friend delivered half the route at a time in an attempt to beat yesterday’s heat.

“With his [Molinaro’s] record,” said the victim?s mother, Elli Barbosa-Matias, “why is he still walking around assaulting people?”

Molinaro, 18, has previously been charged in two assaults — a Feb. 4 gang attack on another 14-year-old boy who was stabbed multiple times in a schoolyard, and the May 11 beating of an unidentified male victim who suffered facial and body bruising, the Advance reported. Molinaro also allegedly was caught with marijuana on June 9.

Molinaro is being charged with third-degree assault in yesterday’s attack, a police spokeswoman told the paper.

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