Prep School Punk Busted in Central Park Armed Robbery Spree

Cops say an 18-year-old New Rochelle prep schooler robbed three people

Friday, Aug 6, 2010  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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Prep School Punk Busted in Central Park Armed Robbery Spree

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Central Park, the first landscaped public park in America, is a favorite summer destination for locals and tourists alike. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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They don't teach that in prep school.

The suspect accused of armed holdups in Central Park attended an elite preparatory school in Vermont.

School officials say Jesse Wasserman was enrolled in the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River in 2009 and left last November. The school costs $42,000 a year. It refused to give a reason for his departure.

The 18-year-old New Rochelle resident was arrested early Thursday on robbery charges. Another man was being questioned.

Police say the robberies began late Wednesday on the east side of the park. The suspects distracted their male victims by asking for directions.

In just 40 minutes, a cell phone and wallet was taken from a 19-year-old, a bike from a 50-year-old and a backpack from a 35-year-old.

 A former classmate of Wasserman at the Vermont Academy, Dylan Comerford, told the New York Post that the alleged stick-up kid  "is a stuck-up rich boy who had everything going for him and thought he lived a different life. He thought he was cool."

"Jesse had this vision of himself that he was a gangsta from Harlem, when actually, he was from a rich part of New York," Comerford told the Post.

A call to Wasserman's attorney was not returned Friday.

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