Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Boys who sucker punched disabled man arrested

The teens fall about laughing as the man named Mark is taken aback by the shocking attack The teens fall about laughing as the man named Mark is taken aback by the shocking attack
Steve Phelps | 08 June, 2017, 01:12

The moment four boys in Philadelphia sucker-punched an intellectually disabled man without any reason was caught on video.

Philadelphia police said Tuesday that the four juveniles in the video have been identified and brought into custody, according to the Inquirer.

In a 30-second video which was recorded in slow-motion, a man is seen smiling before being distracted by a teenage boy who punches him hard in the face for now apparent reason and without warning.

The 30-second clip, which now boasts more than 2 million views and almost 60,000 shares, was posted to Facebook by Gerald Andrews Sr., who said the victim is a friend "who happens to be mentally challenged".

Police are reportedly looking into a possible connection between some of the youths in the video and an assault that occurred last week against a Germantown principal. It appears this male, who is 38 years old, was targeted because he is mentally challenged.

Once neighbors helped the law enforcement officers identify the boys, the teenagers, ages 12 to 15 years, were arrested.

"Obviously, what is depicted in the video is very disturbing", Philadelphia police Capt. Malachi Jones told ABC. "Because you shouldn't be out there messing with people", Jones said.

Two students identified in the video of the fights were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, and reckless endangering another person. Authorities say two of them are likely involved in another assault in which a school principal was hit in the face with a brick.


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