Chicago police arrest seven in beating of teen

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.

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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.