A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a vicious mob attack on a 14-year-old boy in the middle of a New York City highway last week.
Ramon Paulino, of the Bronx, faces charges of attempted murder, gang assault and assault in the June 18 attack on the boy during rush hour, cops said Tuesday. It's not clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.
Police are still looking for additional suspects in the attack.
Police responding to a call around 5:30 p.m. that day found the boy stabbed multiple times in the median of the Bronx River Parkway near the East Gun Hill Road exit. Video released by police showed a number of shirtless young people pouncing on and attacking the boy as cars slowed to watch the fray.
"I'm just surprised nobody stopped to help or help, cars just driving by, minding their business," said Xavia Pernil, who lives nearby.
"These dudes are savages and they do not need to be out here," Pernil added.
"I don't know what's going on with these young people, it's crazy," said Carman Hussain, referencing the gang attack and fatal machete stabbing of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz Jr., also in the Bronx, just two nights later.
Neighbors say they often see teenagers swimming in the Bronx River. They think once the fight started, the teens in the video must have run up the pathway and right into the parkway traffic.
The boy remains hospitalized in critical condition.
"I hope they find the guys that did this that and justice get served," said Pernil.