In the latest example of teenagers allegedly videotaping violent attacks in Chicago, a gang member’s buddy filmed him as he punched a 62-year-old man who fell and died, prosecutors alleged in court Sunday.
Malik Jones, 16, was caught after the video was posted on his Facebook wall, prosecutors said.
It was at least the third time over the past year that a Chicago attack was videotaped — leading to an arrest of one or more teens.
Jones, of the 2400 block of West Thorndale, punched salvager Delfino Mora in the head at 5 a.m. on July 10 in an alley in the 6300 block of North Artesian, it’s alleged.
Mora fell and hit his head and died.
Prosecutors say Jones had handed one of two accomplices his cell phone before the attack and that the phone was used to capture video of the attack.
A witness spotted the video on Jones’ Facebook and forwarded it to a second witness, who identified Jones as the person who battered him in a separate incident June 30, prosecutors said.
Those witnesses contacted police, who arrested Jones in south suburban Orland Hills on Saturday and recovered the cell phone with the video of Mora’s attack, prosecutors said.
The video shows Mora’s head hitting the pavement with a loud crack, prosecutors said.
Jones later confessed to police, it’s alleged. He was denied bail by Judge Adam D. Bourgeois Sunday.
In November, an 18-year-old Chicago man was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery after video was posted on a web site of him allegedly punching a 56-year-old homeless man on a CTA Red Line stop in April.
And in January, a 17-year old Cook County sheriff’s deputy’s son and six other teens were arrested for allegedly beating another teen in Bridgeport after a video of the attack was posted on YouTube.