Chicago police have charged Raymond Palomino, 17, as an adult with one count of robbery and one count of aggravated battery.
Seven additional teenagers have been arrested with charges ranging from aggravated battery to robbery after the beating of a 17-year-old Chicago Asian male was recorded and posted on YouTube yesterday. The crime is reported to have occurred Sunday afternoon, January 15, 2012. Three 16-year-old males, three 15-year-old males and one 15-year-old female were charged in connection to the case. Their identities are not being made public, since they are juveniles.
At one point in the video five offenders are seen kicking and punching the male/Asian teen while he is down on the snow-covered ground. Offenders tell the victim to give them his jacket. They shout “Boom” with each punch or kick.
The victim is also seen dragged face down by his backpack. The victim is hit in the front in the face and then immediately in the back of the head by a second offender.
When the victim asked why the offenders wanted his book bag, an offender told him, “because you’re getting robbed, N*&ga.” The offenders took the victim’s shoes, a wallet and cash in an alley behind James Ward Elementary School in the 2800 block of South Princeton.
The victim managed to run away in his socks in the snow. He is reported to be injured only with cuts and bruises.
Although the offenders frequently call the Asian victim ‘N*&ga’ and asked the victim, “Am I speaking Chinese to you N*&ga?” Chicago police say the crime does not appear to be racially motivated.
PrimeTimePrank’s YouTube channel was not removed by YouTube, even though other copies of the video were removed — apparently for violation of terms. A notice by YouTube explained “This video has been age-restricted based on our Community Guidelines.”
ABC 7 Chicago video before arrests and charges …