(CHICAGO) — A 15-year-old girl who videotaped a gang attack in a Chicago alley is one of seven teens charged in the assault of a 17-year-old boy that went viral after being posted on YouTube.
“She lured the victim to that location and also videotaped the attack,” said a spokesman for the Chicago police department. “It was planned and it was orchestrated so that victim would go to that alley and the attack would take place.”
The video was posted on YouTube shortly after the attack on Sunday afternoon. Although YouTube has made the original video age-restricted, the taped beating has gone viral. Police say it helped them identify the attackers.
In the video, six attackers are seen beating and robbing a teenager of Asian descent in an alley behind a Chicago elementary school. They shout profanities and racial epithets while he is kicked and punched.
Police have charged Raymond Palomino, 17, as an adult with one count of robbery and one count of aggravated battery, according to ABC News’ Chicago affiliate WLS-TV.
Two 16-year-old boys, three 15-year-old boys and one 15-year-old girl have also been charged as juveniles in connection to the case. Authorities are not releasing their names because they are minors.
The victim, a 17-year-old Curie High School senior, was eventually able to escape his attackers. His cuts and bruises were treated at a hospital and he was released. The attackers stole his wallet and gym shoes, according to WLS-TV.
The video shows him being pummeled with fists, kicked and dragged down the alley. One of the pack even holds the victim down while another beats his head with a shoe.
At one point, the young man gets to his feet, pleads with his attackers to “hold on,” but is dragged back to the ground for more punches. The video, as initially posted, begins with the attack in progress, and lasts for close to four minutes before the victim is able to run away.
Chicago police said, “At this time, it does not appear that this incident was racially motivated.”
Palomino is scheduled to appear in central bond court Wednesday and the juvenile suspects have been turned over to the juvenile detention center.
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