The 15 year old Hispanic victim in this assault was walking home from school near the 3200 Block of East Avenue R-8, when a group of up to ten male Black juveniles approached him and challenged him to a fight. The suspects surrounded the victim and began punching him while several other juveniles watched.
The victim continued to defend himself from the group of suspects until he fell to the ground. The suspects continued to assault him by punching and kicking him in the face and head. The victim was finally able to get to his feet and escape the onslaught of the attackers.
After arriving home, the victim was treated at a local hospital for multiple kicks to his head resulting in swelling and shoe impressions left in his skin. The victim is also undergoing surgery to repair several of his teeth which were kicked out during the attack.
Palmdale Station released these details about the case on March 23, 2012 in an attempt to identify the attackers involved. On Wednesday March 28, 2012 Detectives detained seven juveniles that were identified in the video depicting the assault on a public website. The juvenile suspect’s ages range from 13 to 16 and are currently facing charges of Assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and committing a Hate Crime.
Station personnel would like to thank the members of the community who notified the station with leads to assist detectives in identifying the suspects. The ongoing investigation will be handled by the Palmdale Station’s Detective Bureau.
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