CHICAGO - Seven teenagers were arrested yesterday in the beating and robbery of a 17-year-old Chicago high school student that was filmed and posted online, city police said.
One was charged as an adult and the rest - a 15-year-old girl, two 16-year-old boys, and three 15-year-old boys - were cited in juvenile delinquency petitions. Each was charged with one count of robbery and aggravated battery, police spokesman Mike Sullivan said.
Throughout the more than 3-minute video, several attackers - many with sweatshirt hoods over their heads and some wearing masks - are seen repeatedly kicking, punching, and yelling at the victim as he lay coiled on the snow-covered ground Sunday afternoon in an alley on the city’s South Side.
The video went viral after it was posted on YouTube. Sullivan said that helped to identify the suspects.
One of the teens took the video, and others who posted comments identified the attackers by name, including 17-year-old Raymond Palomino, who was expected in bond court yesterday morning. Palomino’s face was visible in the video.
Police said the attackers stole shoes, a wallet, and $180 in cash from the victim, who was treated at a local hospital for a laceration to his lip, bruises, and abrasions.
The videotaped attack on a teen in Chicago isn’t the first to go viral. In 2009, footage of the fatal beating of a 16-year-old honor student was circulated worldwide, providing an example of escalating violence that claimed the lives of more than 20 Chicago public school students in a six-month period.