At about 10:28pm, on Friday, January 28, 2011, officers from Area A-1 (Downtown) were on patrol when they were waved over by a father and his son. According to the father, he was coming to pick up his son when he observed his son being attacked by three kids. When the suspects saw the officers approaching, the suspects took off on foot. Officers spoke to the victim who stated that he was waiting for his father when the three suspects walked up to him. According to the victim, one of the suspects walked up to him, turned to his friends and stated, “Should I punch this kid in the face?” After the question was posed, the victim says the suspect punched him in the face really hard. When he tried to fight back, the victim says all three suspects began punching him. When the father saw the altercation, ran towards it and attempted to go to the aid of his son, one of the suspects showed a knife and threatened the father. Several witnesses approached police and told similar stories. A search of the area enabled officers to locate the three suspects.
Officers arrested a 14 year-old male, a 15 year-old male and a 16 year-old male and charged all three with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Assault & Battery.