Thursday, September 09, 2010

Caught on video: teens attack homeless man

Three high school students are expected to be charged with an attack on a homeless man in Huntington, West Virginia. Police were alerted to the crime after a video of the incident was posted on Facebook.

"It's shocking and it's sad," said Lt. John Williams. "Individuals just target an individual they possibly feel is lower in society or they don't have regard for and just carry out an attack to make themselves feel better."

The video shows two boys, ages 14 and 17, kicking and punching the man, while they and others laugh and joke about the incident.

One the video was posted to the popular social website, friends who had received the video started reporting what happened to police. Williams has seen the video and says the evidence is crystal clear.

Police plan to charge one of the teens with malicious wounding, which is a felony, one will be charged with battery, and the 14-year-old girl who filmed the attack will be charged as an accessory.

Read the West Virginia MetroNews report here.


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