7 Charged in Videotaped Teen Beating

Six boys and a 15-year-old girl were charged in the Bridgeport beating and robbery

By Lisa Balde
|  Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012  |  Updated 6:08 AM CDT
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Warning: Video contains graphic violence. An attack on a teenager behind a CPS school was caught on tape and posted to YouTube.

Warning: Video contains graphic violence. An attack on a teenager behind a CPS school was caught on tape and posted to YouTube.

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Seven teens were charged early Wednesday in the attack and robbery of a teenager that was caught on tape and posted on You Tube.

Six boys and a 15-year-old girl are accused of participating in the beating and robbery of a 17-year-old male at about 4 p.m. Sunday in an alley behind James Ward Elementary School at 28th and Princeton.

Raymond Palomino, 17, of the 3500 block of S. Hoyne, was the only person in the group charged as an adult, with robbery and aggravated battery.

The other six -- two 16-year-old boys, one from Arlington Heights; three 15-year-old boys; and a 15-year-old girl -- were charged as juveniles, also with one count of robbery and one count of aggravated battery. Their names were not released.

The video posted online shows five males kicking and punching the victim while taunting him with racial slurs. The victim was eventually able to run away. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Police said Tuesday in a statement the incident did not appear racially motivated.

The offenders stole a pair of gym shoes, wallet and cash from the victim, police said.

Palomino is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday. The juvenile offenders were turned over to the Juvenile Detention Center for processing, police said.

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