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.