Disabled man assaulted in viral video, 4 teens arrested

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 8, 2017

Police are investigating after a video was posted on Facebook showing a group of teenagers punching a mentally disabled man in the face on Monday night. All four boys were apprehended by police Tuesday, but were released to the custody of their parents.

"The 30-second video, recorded in slow-motion", The Philadelphia Inquirer details, "shows [Mark] smiling and apparently distracted, as a young teen boy [quickly] moves in from behind and punches him hard on the left side of his face". The victim reels back in shock and pain.

Gerald Andrews Sr. posted the video in slow motion on Facebook, asking people to share it to help identify the attackers.

"Obviously, the video is very disturbing".

Andrews told NBC10 the incident happened last Thursday at Chelten Avenue and Knox Street in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Police Captain Malachi Jones says police had been looking for similarities in this incident and another incident in which a school principal was struck with a brick, just days after the other assault was caught on video. Three of the boys were picked up by police at school Tuesday.

"It appears this male, who is 38 years old, was targeted because he is mentally challenged". Authorities say two of them are likely involved in another assault in which a school principal was hit in the face with a brick.

Two students identified in the video of the fights were arrested and charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, and reckless endangering another person.

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