7 teens charged in Bridgeport beating captured on video
BY SUN-TIMES MEDIA January 17, 2012 10:52AM
WARNING: Video contains graphic violence, racial slurs and profanity.
Updated: February 19, 2012 8:12AM
Seven teens have been charged in connection with in the brutal beating and robbery of a 17-year-old boy in a Bridgeport alleyway on Sunday, an attack captured on video and later posted on YouTube.
Raymond Palomino, 17, of the 3500 block of South Hoyne Avenue, is the only one of the seven to be charged as an adult, according to a police News Affairs statement released early Wednesday.
He is charged with one count each of robbery and aggravated battery, both felonies, the release said. He is expected to appear in bond court later Wednesday.
A 16-year-old Arlington Heights boy as well as five Chicago teens -- a 16-year-old boy, four 15-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl -- were also charged, the release said. They each face one count of felony robbery and one count of felony aggravated battery. Their identities were not released because of their age.
The beating was captured on video by an accomplice and later posted on YouTube. The video shows the mob of teens yelling the n-word more than 25 times as they punched and kicked the victim — who appeared to be of Asian descent — in the face and body. They dragged the victim near metal Dumpsters in the alley behind the 2800 block of South Princeton. There they hit him with chunks of ice and choked him. One attacker used a stolen shoe, a silver and black Nike sneaker, to pound the victim in the face.
“A random little kid. F--- his a-- up,” one attacker says on the video while the victim was beaten with the Nike.
Another attacker wearing a light hooded jacket and black ski mask who inflicted the most vicious blows screamed, “You ruined my f------ time. I will f------ kill you.”
Another attacker demanded the boy’s backpack. The victim refused to give up the bag and begged to be let go while the attackers continued to punch him the face. “Am I speaking Chinese to you, n-----?” one attacker can be heard saying on the video.
The beating — which occurred sometime between 4 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. Sunday — lasted more than three minutes until the victim broke free and ran away, shoeless. The thugs chased him down the alley.
Most of the offenders visible in the video appeared to be white. The victim was later treated for bruises, abrasions and a cut lip at Mercy Hospital and released, police said.
The robbery and beating does not appear to be racially motivated, police said.