What to Know
- A 15-year-old girl was brutally beaten and robbed in a caught-on-camera street attack in Brooklyn Thursday, authorities say
- Video shows one person swoop in, then at least a half-dozen other people follow, kicking the girl on the ground and punching her
- Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS
Authorities have arrested "several" suspects believed to be part of a group of young people who viciously attacked a 15-year-old girl in Brooklyn, chasing her, beating her on the sidewalk and ripping off her sneakers and phone before running off.
The girl was taken to a hospital in stable condition following the disturbing attack on Utica Avenue in Crown Heights Thursday. She was later released, and was recovering at home.
Jarring surveillance video shows the moment the group of at least a half-dozen young people catch up to the girl. One shoves her to the ground; other suspects run up to her as she holds herself in a ball on the ground. Another six or so young people then run up and start stomping on the girl while she's on the ground. They kick her; they punch her.
At some points, you can't even see the victim because she is swarmed by attackers. They stole her debit card in addition to shoes and phone, the NYPD says.
A commanding officer with NYPD Brooklyn North described the attack in a tweet as an "OUTRAGE" and called the behavior seen on surveillance video intolerable.
Late on Friday, the 77th Precinct tweeted that "several suspects" were in custody, and thanked the community for their help. An investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.