An unsuspecting Baltimore man found himself under attack by a roving band of teens earlier this week, an incident that cost him his smartphone and made him into an unwitting social media sensation.
According to Baltimore police, the incident took place at around 5:30 pm as the victim was walking near the Charles Center metro train station. Witness Terrell Keaton drove around the scene of the crime twice in order to record the video and upload it to Facebook.
â€śTheyâ€™re geekinâ€™. Theyâ€™re just taking a cellphone. All that for a phone?â€ť he said. â€śI just pulled my phone out to record. I ainâ€™t telling on nobody. They was going to get locked up anyway. Thereâ€™s a million cameras down here.â€ť
During a press conference, Baltimore police spokesman T.J. smith called it â€śan unprovoked attack by a number of juveniles on a man who was walking down the street. It doesnâ€™t appear that there was any motivation or reason to this. They just attacked him.â€ť
Commissioner Kevin Davis concurred, noting that the victim did not suffer any major injuries and did not require hospitalization following the incident.
Now, a slew of tweens and teens have been arrested for â€śgeekinâ€™â€ť on the innocent man: one 12-year-old boy, one 13-year-old boy and girl, two 14-year-old boys and one 14-year-old girl, one 16-year-old boy and girl, and 18-year-old Darrell Smith from northeast Baltimore. The youngest attackers, all of them in elementary and middle school, were tracked down just blocks away.
The juveniles were all charged with unarmed robbery and second-degree assault, while the 18-year-old faces the same charges but as an adult. Police believe that Smith was the ringleader in the crime and the rest of the youngsters were merely following his orders. No gang affiliation is suspected.