Four teens in Huntington Beach could face murder charges after they chased a man and almost beat him to death with their skateboards on Friday night.
Investigators said two large groups, with as many as 40 teenagers, were fighting just before 8 p.m. Friday at Murdy Park at Goldenwest Street and Warner Avenue. A woman attempted to break up the fight, but when some of the teenagers started to attack her. The woman’s 25-year-old boyfriend intervened, but he was chased across the street to a laundromat where a group of 5-10 teens beat him with their skateboards, KTLA reported.
Police said at least four of them attacked him using their skateboards as weapons, while other teens captured the crime on camera and later posted it on Facebook.
The victim, whose identity has not been released, was taken to UCI Medical Center, where he underwent an emergency surgery and is now listed in critical condition.
Once police officers arrived, the teens ran in multiple directions. Seven boys are under the age of 18. Of the seven detained, four of them were booked for attempted murder at Orange County Juvenile Hall, according to a local ABC News affiliate. Those four arrested, authorities say were on probation for previous crimes.
Police said more arrests could come soon.
“It was a very brutal attack, we have no reason to believe that the victim had anything to do with these groups before he tried to intervene in this altercation,” said Lt. Bo Svendsbo of the Huntington Beach Police Department.
In addition to the video investigators found online, they are also reviewing surveillance cameras from nearby businesses.
Anyone with information on this assault was asked call Huntington Beach police Detective Pat Ellis at (714) 536-5971.
Meanwhile, on the Huntington Beach Facebook page, people are expressing their thoughts and feelings about the incident.
Pam Sanchez states, “Just horrible I never thought Murat[sp] park was very safe!”
Brad Drude made a point by saying, “The lady should have just called 911,instead of getting involved. Now her man is in the Hospital because of her.”
Leslie Marcinko posted her thoughts on the Huntington Beach Police Facebook page saying, “Wait, “The juveniles are all on probation for other crimes”??!! And their parents are letting them all hang out together? At the park?? Or, maybe they didn’t know? I get it, I am the parent of teenagers, they are not always honest about where they are going or who they are with BUT that’s why when mine are in trouble THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED OUT WITH ANYONE ANYWHERE and they are certainly not on probation!!”
Chris Hartzog says, “The bad thing is as an adult you cant protect youself against kids. If you hurt them you getinto trouble.”
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