Two charged in videotaped beating
Police have charged two juveniles in connection with the attack on a 17-year-old Bowie High School student Friday that was captured on video and posted to the Internet, authorities said Wednesday.
The two are in the custody of their parents and are facing charges of second-degree assault, theft under $500 and other related counts, said Sgt. Yakeisha Hines, a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. She said she did not know how old the boys were and could not release their names because they were charged as juveniles. The Washington Post generally does not name juveniles charged in crimes unless they are charged as adults.
Hines said the victim was able to identify the suspects from a yearbook.
Footage of the beating, which apparently occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, shows a young attacker from behind who is weaving through a crowded hallway. It was posted on YouTube and linked on the WTOP radio Web site, which first reported the incident, but it has since been taken down.
On the video, the attacker swerved, knocked the 17-year-old victim onto his back then repeatedly punched his head and upper body.
After the attack, the victim's father said, someone stole his iPod and backpack. Hines confirmed that Wednesday.
Only one teenager is seen throwing punches in the video, but other students were identified as participants in the planning and execution of the assault, Prince George's schools spokesman Darrell Pressley said Tuesday.
All face possible expulsion, he said.
Iqbal Alami, the teenage victim's father, said on Sunday his son was sore and has a couple of bumps on his head. "God only knows how this is affecting him," he said. He said his son, a rising 12th-grader, does not want to return to the school.
Washington Post editors
June 16, 2010; 6:13 PM ET
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