Chicago, IL — Yesterday we posted about the teenagers who filmed themselves beating the snot out of a 17-year-old boy in a Chicago alley then posting the video on Youtube. Today police announced they have arrested the seven teenagers.
According to police spokesman Mike Sullivan, all of the teens were charged with one count each of robbery and aggravated battery. One of the teens, 17-year-old Raymond Palomino, was charged as an adult while the rest — a 15-year-old girl (!), two 16-year-old boys and three 15-year-old boys — were cited in juvenile delinquency petitions.
The video, which you can watch below, went viral after it was posted on Youtube by someone who may want to watch their back as it was instrumental in helping police identify the assailants who can be seen relentlessly pummeling the 17-year-old boy for over 3 minutes. The video shows them kicking, stomping, punching and choking the boy before robbing him of his gym shoes, wallet and money.
The victim didn’t suffer any major injuries and was treated at the hospital for a busted lip, bruises and some facial abrasions. At first there were no reports on motive, but now it seems like this may be a bit of tit-for-tat. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told CBS Chicago that the attack may be retaliation for an earlier incident where the victim was possibly one of 20 teens who jumped on two others last fall.Tags: Beating, Crime, Illinois, Raymond Palomino, Video, YouTube