Rally held for girl brutally attacked by gang in Crown Heights

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Saturday, March 7, 2020
Rally held for girl brutally attacked by gang in Brooklyn
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Naveen Dhaliwal has more on the girl who was brutally attacked.

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A rally on Saturday condemned the brutal assault of a 15-year-old Brooklyn girl, with the victim's grandmother and local activists decrying the attack that was caught on video.

"My granddaughter, her spirits are broke, mine is broke," Pamela, the victim's grandmother, said at the rally in Crown Heights. "All I think about is the boy, Lesandro Guzman Felix, 15, who got killed in the Bronx, and I thought, please don't let nothing happen to my baby."

Police have charged five teenage boys in connection with the brutal gang assault and robbery that was caught on camera in Brooklyn.

The NYPD says that five boys, ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old, turned themselves in at the 77th Precinct.

All five were charged as minors with robbery and assault. Their fate will be decided in Family Court.

The shocking incident happened Thursday at 4:10 p.m. on Utica Avenue in Crown Heights.

Disturbing video shows a group of teenage boys pounce on the girl. They punched and kicked her over and over until she was unconscious.

The video also showed one of the boys stealing her Air Jordan sneakers, phone, and wallet.

Tony Herbert, a community advocate, has spoken with the mother of one of the teenagers who is charged. He said the boy's mother is apologizing to the victim's family and says she is also willing to purchase new Air Jordans for the girl.

The girl was taken to a hospital for bruising and trauma. She is expected to recover.


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