Published on Jul 28, 2013
7/28/13 - BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man is brutally attacked by a group of teens in Little Italy. Police say four of the attackers are in custody. Three of them are juveniles. Monique Griego has more. The victim was walking home from work when he was attacked near Bank and Exeter Streets. Police say the brutality of the crime is why three juveniles arrested are being charged as adults.
A brutal attack in the heart of Little Italy. Police say a man walking home from work at an area restaurant is attacked and severely beaten near Bank and Exeter Streets by a mob of at least ten teens.
Four of the alleged attackers, three of them minors, have been arrested and charged.
"It's very upsetting because you feel suspect now. Now you see a group of kids, children, and you have to worry if they're not going to pounce on you," said Giovanna Blattermann, neighbor.
The assault happened in front of Giovanna Blattermann's house. She's also watched video of the attack--captured by her neighbors surveillance camera.
While the suspects took the man's phone, Blattermann says that's not what they were after.
"They beat this boy. He got up, he'd run, they beat him. He got up, he'd run, they beat him. He got up, he'd run, they beat him," said Blattermann.
The suspects range in age from 16 to 19, but police say because of the brutality of the crime, the minors aren't being charged lightly.
"The fact that they broke this gentleman's jaw, the decision was made and they are going to be charged as adults," said Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, Baltimore City Police.
Blattermann and other neighbors believe the same mob has robbed other residents. they're now banding together to protect their neighborhood.
"I don't want to have to feel like at any given moment I can't walk out of my house," Blattermann said.
Police are continuing to follow leads and say more arrests could come.
The suspects are facing several charges, including robbery and assault.
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