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Teens accused of beating girl in Brooklyn charged with gang assault: police

Posted: 11:07 AM, Mar 07, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-07 13:52:54-05
Group viciously attack, robs 15-year-old girl in Brooklyn

CROWN HEIGHTS — Five teenagers have been charged with gang assault and robbery in connection with the beating of a 15-year-old girl in Brooklyn on Thursday, police said.

The teens, all boys ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old, surrendered to police at a precinct in Crown Heights around 10 p.m. Friday, according to the NYPD.

Surveillance video of the attack shows a large group of apparent teenagers swarming the girl on Utica Avenue in Crown Heights around 4:10 p.m. The teens punched and kicked her multiple times before stealing her sneakers, cell phone and debit card, police said.

The girl was treated for bruising and released from a hospital. She was home and recovering with her family on Friday.

Investigators believe the attack was in direct retaliation for a previous incident, but the specifics of the other encounter were not immediately clear.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and community activist Tony Herbert organized a protest over the attack near the intersection of Utica Avenue and Sterling Place around noon.