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Police: Palisades Park ‘clique’ of five beat man, 59, nephew over parking

Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

SPECIAL REPORT: Palisades Park police charged five men with beating a 59-year-old man and his nephew during a parking dispute outside a borough spa.

All five set upon the victim outside King Sauna on Commercial Avenue on Sunday afternoon, punching him in the face and head, then kicking him after they knocked him down, Police Chief Benjamin Ramos told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The man’s nephew, who’s a valet at the business, intervened and was beaten as well, Ramos said.

The five then got into a Jeep Cherokee and drove off — but not before a bystander snapped a cellphone shot of the license plate, the chief said.

David Ha, Hyssop Woo, Young Chung, Ju Yan Woo
(MUGSHOTS: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF)

The older man was hospitalized with a broken nose, a concussion and cuts, among other injuries, Ramos said.

Meanwhile, detectives traced the license plate to the driver, 22-year-old David Ha of Maywood, the chief said.

“He rolled over on the other four and we arrested them, too,” he said.

Ha posted $25,000 bail today and was released after spending two nights in the Bergen County Jail.

He was charged with aggravated assault, rioting and failing to disperse.

So were four others who Ramos said were with him.

John Yi, 20, who the chief said is 6-foot-1, 232 pounds and lives with his mother on East Columbia Avenue, posted $25,000 bail immediately and was released after being arrested Tuesday.

Two brothers who Ramos said live with their mother on Mayer Court in Ridgefield — Hyssop Woo, an 18-year-old Ridgefield High School student, and 19-year-old Ju Yan Woo, who attends Bergen Community College — were bailed out on $25,000 each yesterday.

Young Chung, 18, another BCC student who Ramos said lives with his father on Hillcrest Avenue in Palisades Park, posted $25,000 bail and was released yesterday.

“This same clique, this same group have been involved in similar assaults throughout the borough over the past year,” the chief said.

“They make bail and then they’re back out.”

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