MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. – A 52-year-old Mohegan Lake man has been charged with unlawful imprisonment for allegedly locking several people in a beach area against their will, according to the Yorktown Police Department.
Around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, the man, who police say manages a private beach on Lakeshore Drive, allegedly had a dispute with families over their use of the beach. The families were beach members and did have keys to access the private beach, police said. The argument, people close to the situation told Yorktown News, stemmed from children swimming in the lake without a lifeguard present.* The beach manager allegedly changed the lock to the beach gate, locking in the families without giving them another way to leave, police said. The beach is enclosed by a barbed wire gate.
The man was arrested about an hour later and was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a Class A misdemeanor. He was released without bail. He is due back in Yorktown Justice Court on July 24.
Attempts to reach the accused man have been unsuccessful.
Editor's Note: Since the publication of this article, Yorktown News has received messages disputing this version of events and stating that nobody was swimming in the lake. This incident will continue to be investigated and information will be reported as it becomes available.