A 15-year-old boy has been charged for taking part in a mob attack in a Chicago subway station that left a man with a broken eye socket and injured two other people.
A video first posted on Facebook shows a man of Asian descent being beaten during one of the multiple attacks that started on December 29 at the Chicago Avenue Red Line station:
Two men ages 28 and 26, as well as a 29-year-old woman, were waiting for a train at around 7:30 p.m. at the station when the large group of teenagers started kicking and punching them, according to police.
One of the group members thought that the 26-year-old man was recording them. That’s when the teenagers reportedly began landing blows on the victims.
All three suffered bruising and lacerations to the face and body.
The 28-year-old, who has been a resident of Chicago for nearly three years, was rushed to the University of Illinois Hospital, where he was being treated for a fractured eye socket.
Police released surveillance images of multiple suspects over the past few days following the attack.
The 15-year-old boy was charged with felony aggravated battery and mob action for the State/Chicago Red Line station attack, according to Chicago police and a statement from Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd).
Water Tower Place will be closing at 8pm tonight due to mob action by large crowds of juveniles #ChicagoScanner
— Alderman Hopkins (@AldermanHopkins) December 30, 2018
The teen appeared in juvenile court on Thursday morning, the Chicago Sun-Timesma reported.
About “eight to ten other offenders” were seen “delivering multiple punches and kicks” to two of the victims, police said.
Saturday’s attack at the station followed a string of similar mob actions along the Magnificent Mile.
Friends of the suspects have made racist, anti-Asian remarks regarding the incident on social media, according to CWB Chicago.
Some comments suggest that a group of young men known collectively as “Duhh Boys” targeted the 28-year-old man for his Canada Goose jacket, which the attackers did not get a hold of.
Others put the attackers on blast for their actions.
“mfkas Saying duhh boys jumped on ppl for a coat. Dt n they gon get arrest,” one Facebook user wrote.