ANTONIO MONTALVO, 18, was arrested six months after the riot and attacks in Central Park, on October 3, 1989. He was questioned alone as the law permits for suspects over the age of 16. After being advised of his rights on video, Montalvo said that ‘everybody was going wilding that night’ and explained that wilding means to go as a group and beat people up. Montalvo said that RAYMOND SANTANA had the idea to go wilding earlier that day at school, and spread the word that people should meet up at the Taft Housing Project at 8pm.
See 4:00-8:00). Among the people Montalvo named were SANTANA, KEVIN RICHARDSON, ANTRON McCRAY, KHOREY (AKA POLO) WISE, YUSEF SALAAM, “T-BONE”, Al (MORRIS), TROY …”, JERMAINE ROBINSON, LAMONT McCALL, and ORLANDO ESCOBAR. Montalvo said when they reached Central Park SANTANA counted about 35 people in the group. They went on to try to attack a solo biker (everyone laughing at the potential victim), and then saw the “bum.” ROBINSON knocked down the bum, and Montalvo said ‘everybody” (about ten people) were kicking him, including Montalvo himself. Then Montalvo took the bum’s bag of hot food, sat on a wall and ate it while the others continued to beat on the older man. He described seeing the tandem bikers, and said the group lined up on both sides of the road and one kid yelled out “Push them off and beat them up”, grabbing at their clothing – although the man and woman biked on through the gang (see 36:00). Montalvo said a group crossed the transverse road and went over to the reservoir and started chasing and attacking male joggers. RICHARDSON, he said, punched one of the men in the face because he didn’t have any money. Montalvo saw another male jogger hit with a “black pipe” – he is not sure by whom – and then McCRAY struck the same man with a stick (see 50:00). Then he and Briscoe (whom he nicknames BOOGIE BLIND) ran out of the Park on Central Park West. He passed a young man whom he wanted to beat up, but stopped because he saw police officers. Under the scaffolding of a building on Central Park West, he described SANTANA and McCRAY using the steel pipe to break light bulbs at the construction site. (1:00:00) (Police and prosecutors returned to that site, confirmed that the light bulbs had been broken, and photographed the scene). McCRAY tried to give the pipe to Montalvo, who wouldn’t take it because he was afraid his fingerprints might be on it. When police arrived and ordered the kids to stop,
Montalvo ran away, and went on a subway ride with one of his friends, kicking windows out of an empty car on the train (See 1:12:06). At the end, ADA Lederer asked Montalvo why he went into the park. His answer was “to go wilding…to beat people up.” He told her it wasn’t fun because they didn’t beat people badly enough. Montalvo denied knowing anything about the rape of the female jogger. He pleaded guilty to Attempted Robbery in the First Degree and served time in state prison.