Two teens in California were arrested Thursday after a video appeared to show them brutally beat a man with autism before robbing him.
The son of Rolling Hills Mayor Patrick Wilson, Declan Bell-Wilson, and Korey Streeter, both 18, were charged with conspiracy, assault, and robbery for a March 22 incident at a shopping center in the Rolling Hills Estates. Cellphone footage posted to social media caught the pair kicking and punching the helpless man before stealing something from his pocket, according to KABC.
As the man lies motionless, one of the victims is heard saying, “hey buddy” before delivering a devastating kick.
A second recording apparently shows the shirtless victim standing up and being forced to strip down to his underwear.
Police officials said Declan and Streeter were taunting the victim and were aware that several witnesses were watching the attack. KNBC reported that nobody stepped in to stop the suspects.
According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, police described the victim as a “young adult” with autism. KABC reported that detectives tracked down the victim, who had suffered several bruises and had two cellphones stolen. He didn’t report the crime to authorities and his parents were unaware of what transpired, officials said.
Deputy Grace Medrano told KNBC that several juveniles were detained and questioned at the time of the March 22 attack. However, authorities weren’t made aware of the video until three days later, when it appeared on social media.
Declan and Streeter were released from custody after posting $80,000 bail.
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A young man with autism is savagely beaten in a local parking garage as bystanders record the attack on their phones. WARNING – GRAPHIC VIDEO: https://abc7.la/2Ig1JjaNow one of two men arrested in the beating is identified as the son of the mayor of Rolling Hills. Why didn't anyone step in to help stop the vicious attack?
Posted by ABC7 on Thursday, April 11, 2019
[Featured image: KABC video screengrab]