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Stairwell beating, robbery caught on video

Montgomery County police say five suspects beat and robbed a 30-year-old man -- as captured by a surveillance video earlier this month -- and two of them remain at large.

"This shows just how brutal these kinds of crimes can be," said Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, while watching the video in his office Tuesday.

The assailants stole the man's cell phone, and left him with broken ribs, cuts and severe bruises in the May 5 attack in an Aspen Hill apartment building, police said.

The two suspects, still at large, can be seen on the right side of the video before the attack begins, wearing short-sleeved white T-shirts. Police ask anyone who knows who they are or where they are to call 240-773-5530. Callers may remain anonymous.

After the video opens, a man can be seen coming down the stairs and confronting the victim. Police have identified him as Kirkland Hall, 18, of Arctic Avenue, Rockville, and said he was the first to strike the victim.

The two other known suspects in the video, police said, are Tjay Joseph, 16, of the 14200 block of Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, and Darrell Boyd-Brothers, 17, of the 13400 block of Lydia Street, Silver Spring.

Hall and Joseph also were charged in another pack style robbery, from Saturday night. In that case, police said, the pair approached a 22-year-old man -- with Joseph asking for 25 cents and Hall grabbing the victim's baseball cap, according to charging documents in the case. Joseph then robbed him of cash, and the two -- along with three others -- chased him, until the victim was able to flag down a car.

A description was sent out about the group, police in the area saw them, and the group was apprehended, according to charging documents. Officers found the victim's Yankee's ball cap behind a trash can near where the group was stopped, according to charging documents.

The status of the other three suspects in the Saturday night attack wasn't immediately clear.

The arrests of Joseph and Hall led police to crack the earlier robbery in the stairwell that was caught on video, officials said.

Hall in Montgomery County jail on $800,000 bond; Joseph in Montgomery County jail on a $200,000 bond and Boyd-Brothers has been transferred to a juvenile facility. Joseph and Boyd-Brothers are charged as adults.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  May 18, 2010; 7:43 PM ET
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minority on minority crime. racists will enjoy this. how terrible. how sick and terrible.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 18, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Products of the welfare system. You kids learn to speak beyond monosyllabic grunts, you might get a job at McDonalds.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | May 18, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

disgusting actions by disgusting people. they deserve to sit in jail for a very, very long time.

Posted by: dcresident12 | May 18, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Horrible. This is terrorism. And there are so many more kids just like them walking the streets right now. Rot in jail.

Posted by: brandip_77 | May 18, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

What the heck, the just us system will have the clowns back out on the street next week to commit more crimes. They will get caught again and again racking up more money for the just us system and the attrneys who represent these SOB thugs. Its a big money making racket for the just us system. Gotta keep the the judges and attorneys and the whole support system in high demand. If I were running the system these thugs would be lined up against a stone wall and and mowed down with a Tommy gun street sweeper style.

Posted by: pt1836metz | May 18, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh.. More scum. Same'ol same 'ol, nothing changes. Vermin like this only have the nerve when their homey's are around. Notice that none of these punks had any moxie until there was like six of them around? What a bunch of little turds! Let's hope that they all get plenty of time to think about their transgressions. I doubt it though.

Posted by: | May 18, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

...what a punk, he hit that guy while running away just in case he missed, turned around when he heard nothing behind him, with 3 guys standing there to back him up, then came at the guy again. Like a pack of dogs.

Well, it will be interesting to see just how quickly that 18 year old kid is back on the streets again.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 19, 2010 4:29 AM | Report abuse

Scum of the earth

Posted by: nativedc | May 19, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

What a vicious and violent culture. I never give money, stop to show the time, or let anyone "use" my cellphone when I am out. Often it's this delay tactics that these animals use to rally the troops before a strike.

Posted by: jabreal00 | May 19, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

And we wonder why they call us savages.

This happens more than you know and the victim in many cases is black. It's a popular thing to do with young blacks men or women, to jump someone and stomp on their face and head while they lay unconscious. It's the most COWARDLY act a human can commit. This is something that they will sit around and laugh about for days but they didn't count on or were so stupid that they didn't notice the camera.


Posted by: keedrow | May 19, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Where were the parents of these teenagers? How do they teach right and wrong to their children? Watch and see the parents blame everyone but themselves for the predicament of these kids.

Posted by: nomayo | May 19, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

That area in MoCo just keeps getting better and better (sarcasm)

Posted by: skinsfan15 | May 19, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

This horrible story didn't even make the print section of the Post. I can't begin to image the air time this would get if it was 5 white kids beating a black or Hispanic kid. I bet these kids get barely a slap on the wrist and will be back doing the same thing, only next time it may be murder. The Hispanic community should be outraged.

Posted by: fishndude | May 19, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

We need government work camps for these losers. Maybe they can build windows for prisons. I'm so sick of these losers hanging around corners and riding metro. How about a solution? They can't be bothered to work.... although working at fast food would do them good. They'd earn more; that's for sure.

This isn't about race. It's about a culture of loser-dom and slob-ness. They should just stay in jail forever.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 19, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I agree with most of the comments and hope that ALL the thugs are caught, prosecuted, convicted, and removed from society for many years. There are plenty of homeboys in prison who will be happy to fight them.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | May 19, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Typical! Is anyone surprised? I know I'm not surprised. BTW, Was the guy on the left FreeParking? I do believe it was.

Posted by: joejack65 | May 19, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

It will be a wonderful day when they're either shanked in prison or shot in the street.

A few years from now, I'll buy a bottle of champagne when I hear any of them has been killed.

Posted by: kenk3 | May 19, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I grew up at the intersection of Conn. Ave. and Veirs Mill Rd. (Village Square) in the early sixties. This was before Conn. Ave. went beyond that point. I don't even recognize the entire area now. It's been taken over by thugs and miscreants.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 19, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Tax me.
Build more jails.
Throw them in.
Let them die there.

Posted by: jeadpt | May 19, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

For me, groups of black males are terrifying sight, I avoid them whenever possible.

Posted by: kenk3 | May 19, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

kenk3 - they shouldn't be a terrifying sight. Most in the group are punks that don't have a mind of their own. They wait until the idiot (and there are normally 2 of those) does something violent before they join in.

We have to live with these idiots daily in our own neighborhoods. They smile and speak to you so innocently then break in your house when you go to work. If you have a teenager they may come in your house, eat your food, maybe sleep over, then turn on your kid when they have nothing better to do. They even may be indirectly responsible for your kids death but approach you at the funeral to say "he was my man". They disgust me and I'm black, and I taught my sons to distance themselves from their own friends as they got older because even at the age of 25-30 they still exhibit the same idiotic behavior. Luckily my sons have moved on and dropped their loser friends. It's something that most black parents haven't taught their children to do.

Posted by: keedrow | May 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I didn't even read the story. I happened to catch the video on the news last night. I'm so glad they caught 3 of those jerks. All they need to do now is threaten to throw them in jail for 8 years and the no-snitch thing will go out the window. They'll be crying for mama then.

Posted by: keedrow | May 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Bunch of tough guys, gotta gang up in a group of 5 or more to beat up a skinny guy. Real tough, guys.

Posted by: pswift00 | May 19, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I hope they get put in prison and Bubba gives them a broomstick up the rectum.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | May 19, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

What Keedrow said.

Lots of posters will want to put this on blacks in generals, but they aren't even a sizable minority. But they are a reality. Many, many people have a total disregard for other people's lives or property. This ganging up on people is beyond cowardly. And the irony is, these same people will be oh-so-polite (a) in jail or (b) around others that they think might/could do them serious bodily harm.

Making this a race thing only prevents a solution, because (a) the black community cannot solve this alone (b) whites who lay this at the feet of all blacks only alienate people like me, who really want this cr@p to stop, and would happily support harsh penalties to deter future acts of this sort. WE see these thugs all the time.

In Baltimore, last I heard, they were looking for three ten-year-olds who beat an eight-week-old puppy to death with a stick. This is what they'll be in about eight years.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 19, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

This is a case where a concealed handgun and a few jujitsu lessons in order to bring the weapon to bear, would be needed very badly and be appropriate.

Posted by: ObservantOne | May 19, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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