NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 14-year-old boy is in custody after video of an attack on an 11-year-old girl in Brooklyn was posted on social media.
Parents in the community are outraged by the attack.
CBS2’s Janelle Burrell showed the footage to some on Wednesday, and they were sickened by what they saw.
“It’s disgusting,” one woman said.
“That’s just ridiculous,” Sheepshead Bay resident Mark Halpert added.
“It’s sad, really sad,” another woman said.
The cellphone recording, which was posted on Snapchat, shows a group of three young men taunting and then attacking an 11-year-old girl, throwing water at her and then a water bottle, before punching her in the head multiple times.
“Yeah, not good. I don’t think anybody deserves that kind of harassment or beating,” Sheepshead Bay resident Rafael Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said he has a daughter the same age.
“I think it’s terrible. I worry about my daughter every day,” he said.
Investigators said the incident happened as the girl was walking home at around 8 p.m. on Dec. 18, near the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Y in Sheepshead Bay.
The girl’s mother told CBS2’s Burrell off camera that the 11-year-old was acquaintances with the boy who shot the video, adding that boy is the one who called the group of young men to harass her daughter.
The girl never told her mom what happened. Someone who the saw the video on Snapchat told the mother, who called police.
“I don’t understand why they would even do that. It doesn’t make any sense. I just hope someone would find these people,” Halpert said.
Investigators released images of the three young men they’re looking for and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.
“It’s too crazy. I’m scared to let my child out. I always take her wherever she’s gotta go. She’s never by herself,” Sheepshead Bay resident Virginia Kocher said.
Police described one suspect as a Hispanic male, last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater, blue jeans and gray sneakers. Another was described as a black male, last seen wearing a burgundy sweater and dark colored pants.
The 14-year-old faces charges of reckless endangerment and assault.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting them to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.