A 9-year-old Brooklyn boy was allegedly attacked by a group of older boys while he was playing in front of his home on Labor Day, and his family is calling for police to arrest the assailants, who they claim are known neighborhood bullies.
Surveillance video captured the alleged assault on Linden Boulevard in East New York Monday afternoon. The boy said he was playing in front of his house when the group of boys, believed to range in age from 10 to 17, approached him.
"They said, 'You have money?' I said no, and they just hit me," the boy said. "And they said, 'You want to fight?' and I said 'I don't want to fight.' And they just hit me, hit me."
The boy was punched repeatedly in the face, neck and back, and was jump-kicked by the oldest boy before he was able to get away, his family said.
The boy's sister said she and her father were inside the house when they heard him screaming and saying "No, no, no." When they looked out the window, they saw him trying to get up.
They ran out to find him on the corner, apparently after escaping the older boys, standing and looking "petrified." The boy's father assured him the alleged attackers were gone and that he could walk back.
"My dad called him and he just stayed there," said the boy's older sister, Stephanie. "He was really scared. He was terrified."
"It made me feel really sad that I couldn't do anything to stop it," she said.
The boy was taken to Kings County Hospital for observation. He still had visible bruises on his face and shoulders Tuesday.
The boy's mother Genoveva Duran Jiminez said she filed a report with police. She told Telemundo that the older boys have hurt other children in the neighborhood, and wants them to face consequences for their alleged bullying.
The NYPD did not immediately have information on the alleged assault and said it will take several days to generate a report on it.