PALMDALE – Seven teens were detained Wednesday for brutally beating up a 15-year-old Hispanic student on March 14 as he was walking home from school, according to authorities. Detectives say the juveniles, ages 13 to 16, were identified in a video of the beating on a public website. The youths are now facing charges of assault as well as committing a Hate Crime.
The following is the press release issued from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station:
Palmdale Detectives have identified seven attackers associated with an assault that occurred near Cactus Middle School on March 14, 2012.
The 15-year-old Hispanic victim in this assault was walking home from school near the 3200 Block of East Avenue R-8, when a group of up to ten male Black juveniles approached him and challenged him to a fight.
The suspects surrounded the victim and began punching him while several other juveniles watched.
The victim continued to defend himself from the group of suspects until he fell to the ground. The suspects continued to assault him by punching and kicking him in the face and head. The victim was finally able to get his feet and escape the onslaught of the attackers.
After arriving home, the victim was treated at a local hospital for multiple kicks to his head resulting in swelling and shoe impressions left in his skin. The victim is also undergoing surgery to repair several of his teeth which were kicked out during the attack.
Palmdale Station released these details about the case on March 23, 2012 in an attempt to identify the attackers involved.
On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, detectives detained seven juveniles that were identified in the video depicting the assault on a public website. The juvenile suspect’s ages range from 13 to 16 and they are currently facing charges of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and committing a hate crime.
Station personnel would like to thank members of the community who notified the station with leads to assist detectives in identifying the suspects. The ongoing investigation will be handled by the Palmdale Station’s Detective Bureau.