BALTIMORE, Md. – Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with a video that appears to show the teen beating and robbing a civilian police employee.
And it happened in broad daylight.
Baltimore officials posted the troubling video on July 25 after a 59-year-old unidentified victim was surrounded, attacked, beaten and had personal items stolen from him in the middle of the street.
The incident occurred on Albermarle Street in Baltimore just before 6:00 a.m. on the 24th. The victim enters from the right and is quickly surrounded by three young people, two of whom are on scooters. The man appears to try and walk away, but the teen confronts the victim and hits him in the head from behind, sending the man to the ground.
Then the suspect appears to begin kicking and stomping the defenseless victim. As he tries to get up, the teen runs back and delivers another kick. He stands over the man and stomps repeatedly on his head as the victim lays on the asphalt.
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Then the victim goes limp, appearing to be unconscious. The teen hovers over the man, as police say he goes through his pockets to rob the man as the other two watch. Then, all three of them escape, one of them dropping their scooter and abandoning it in the street.
Following the attack, the victim can be seen lying in the street, seemingly unconscious as the street is littered with his belongings.
Police took to Twitter to try and find the suspects and get justice for the victim in this horrific assault, offering up to $32,000 for information leading to the suspects’ arrests.
ATF, FBI, & Crime Stoppers are offering up to $32,000 for information leading to the arrest of three suspects, two men and one woman, for the assault of a @BaltimorePolice civilian employee on Albemarle St. in East Baltimore on July 24th. Call 866-7LOCKUP with tips. pic.twitter.com/PuRn7DxZAz
— ATF Baltimore (@ATFBaltimore) July 26, 2019
And as it so often does, the news traveled fast over social media platforms, eventually leading to the apprehension of the main offender.
The victim released a statement following the arrest.
“I’m glad that the suspect is in custody so no one else is hurt. From my personal point of view, as a Muslim guided by my faith, I forgive them,” he said. “Law enforcement is handling the case, and justice will run its course. They will have to face consequences, but it’s very important for them to get the help they need to become productive citizens of Baltimore.”
According to reports, the Baltimore Police Warrant Apprehension Task Force nabbed the suspect at a convenience store in Columbia, Maryland on Monday, but police are still looking for the other two people who were seen in the video.
“This arrest was the direct result of the community’s outrage to this crime and the subsequent help that residents provided police,” Baltimore Police Major Milton Snead said in a statement following the arrest. “The floodgates of social media and anonymous tips opened and the information poured in.”
The unnamed juvenile was transported to a local youth booking facility and now faces charges of first-degree assault and robbery.
Anyone with pertinent information that could help with this case is urged to contact Baltimore Police Department’s Citywide Robbery Unit, at 410-366-6341. People who would like to remain anonymous can call the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCKUP.