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Del. Teens Arrested After Assault Posted Online

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An image from the YouTube video of attacks on a mentally challenged man is shown. Two teens have been charged and police say they expect more arrests in the case. (Photo: YouTube) An image from the YouTube video of attacks on a mentally challenged man is shown. Two teens have been charged and police say they expect more arrests in the case. (Photo: YouTube)
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Two Delaware teens were arrested and charged with assaulting a mentally disabled man after they complained to police about being harassed when a video of the victim being attacked was posted to social media, authorities said.

The teens' personal contact information was shared online with the video. The Newark teens, 13 and 14, were arrested Saturday after they and their parents went to police headquarters to complain about threatening phone calls, New Castle Officer Tracey Duffy said Monday.

The two boys were charged with offensive touching, assault of a vulnerable adult, and third-degree conspiracy. They were released on unsecured bonds of $2,500 after being arraigned. They were also issued a no contact order. Their names were not released.

Duffy said their complaints triggered an investigation that led to police finding and viewing the video, which shows a 26-year-old mentally disabled man being body-slammed to the ground, stomped on and repeatedly punched in the head.

Duffy said she didn't know whether the suspects were cooperating with authorities investigating the attacks.

Sixteen-year-old Angeliz Marrero, of New Castle County, said that she reposted the video to her Instagram followers after she first spotted it.

"I was so mad, but at the same time the first thing I thought was, 'I have to do something about this,'" Marrero said.

After she posted it, Marrero said her followers went from 2,000 to 20,000 in less than 24 hours.

"It spread so fast, and I'm just so grateful for everybody that's helping me out. Because if it weren't for everybody helping, supporting and everything, this wouldn't even go viral, and that man really deserves justice," Marrero said.

Duffy said investigators believe the victim was assaulted on more than one occasion. Authorities are still trying to determine how many incidents occurred and how many people were involved, she said.

"They're still trying to pinpoint the actual number of assaults and the number of people," she said.

Investigators believe the first attack happened sometime in July, with the most recent a couple of weeks ago. Duffy said the victim, who suffers from a neurodevelopmental disorder, was treated for a non-life-threatening injury after one of the attacks, but she declined to provide details.

The relationship between the victim and the attackers was unknown. Duffy said the victim lived in the same apartment complex as one of the juveniles arrested Saturday.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call the New Castle Police Department at (302) 573-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

 

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