Four teens arrested for attack near Petco Park
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego police have arrested four teenagers for the beating of a man near the pedestrian bridge across from Petco Park.
A 56 year old man is in the hospital on life support and is not expected to survive. Police say the attack occurred on Sunday, just after 2 p.m. According to investigators, the victim and the teenagers were involved in an argument prior to the attack. Witnesses say even after the man was knocked to the ground, the teens continue to hit him. When bystanders began yelling at the teenagers to stop, the group ran away. Investigators say a 19 year old male, and three girls, ages 14, 15 and 17 were later arrested on charges of felony battery. Although police have not indicated a motive for the beating, a friend of the suspects said the victim was attacked following a lewd act inside one of the bridge elevators in which the older man exposed his privates to the teens. Samuel, whose a friend of the suspects said he felt the attack was justified.
“I think the guy deserves it. He deserves to be beaten up for exposing himself to younger females. They were 14 and 15 years old so he deserves it,” Samuel said.
Investigators are working on identifying other possible suspects in the assault. Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego Police Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.