Teen at­tacked by large group

The Covington News - - Crime & Courts - By Michelle Kim

Boy treated at hospi­tal, sev­eral ar­rests made

A Cov­ing­ton ju­ve­nile was at­tacked and robbed late Mon­day evening on his way home by a group of male teens, ac­cord­ing to a Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment re­port.

The 16-year-old vic­tim said he was walk­ing by the rail­road tracks shortly be­fore 11 p.m., re­turn­ing from a friend’s house, when eight to 10 black male teens, rang­ing in age from about 15 to 18, “jumped” him and be­gan beat­ing him, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

He was punched in the face and fell to the ground, where the other group mem­bers started punch­ing and kick­ing him. They re­port­edly took the cash in his pock­ets and fled to­ward the Hous­ing Author­ity.

The vic­tim said he rec­og­nized one of the group mem- bers, a slim black male, about 5 feet 11 inches with short hair, bur­gundy hooded jacket and black or brown saggy pants and black shoes, but didn’t know his name.

The re­port de­scribed the vic­tim as hav­ing a swollen face and a cut above his eye that was treated by emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel. He was later taken to New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter by his mother.

When po­lice cir­cled the Nixon Cir­cle area, they no­ticed sev­eral black males hang­ing around. They left as soon as of­fi­cers drove through the culde-sac.

CPD Of­fi­cer Gene Nuqui found a male ju­ve­nile ex­it­ing an apart­ment, who ac­cord­ing to the re­port, ap­peared ner­vous and in a hurry to leave.

The male told Nuqui he didn’t live there, but when asked who he was visit­ing, the male didn’t know the name of the res­i­dent. The res­i­dent of the apart­ment said she was in the shower when he came in and asked him to leave when she no­ticed he was ner­vously look­ing out the win­dows.

The ju­ve­nile was taken by po­lice to the hospi­tal park­ing lot and iden­ti­fied by the vic­tim as be­ing at the scene of the rob­bery, al­though the vic­tim wasn’t sure if he was one of the at­tack­ers. The sus­pect was taken back to CPD sta­tion to be in­ter­viewed.

When of­fi­cers con­ducted a fol­low-up in­ter­view with the vic­tim, he gave a slightly dif­fer­ent ver­sion than what he ini­tially re­ported and named an­other male as be­ing part of the in­ci­dent. Of­fi­cers found the male sleep­ing in a green Ford Ex­plorer in front of his girl­friend’s apart­ment and brought him in for ques­tion­ing.

Al­though the case is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, at least four ju­ve­niles have been ar­rested, ac­cord­ing to CDP spokesper­son Lt. Wen­dell Wagstaff, with the pos­si­bil­ity of sev­eral more ar­rests to fol­low.

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