A fifth teen from Park Ridge was charged with one count of felony mob action related to the beating of a teen that was recorded and circulated on social media earlier this month.
The unidentified 15-year-old male was taken into custody, interviewed and released from Niles police custody to his parents or guardian on Monday, Nov. 23, Niles police said. The case was forwarded to the Cook County juvenile court.
Because the case involves juveniles, the names of those charged are not being released. Juvenile cases are also typically sealed after they are adjudicated.
The video, which police said was recorded at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 in the area of 6935 Touhy Ave., Niles, appears to show three individuals, one holding the camera and two others, surrounding a teen boy on his knees. After responding to the same question with a repeated rote response several times, the victim is punched in the back of the head and kicked over onto his side.
The video was reported anonymously to Maine South High School officials the following day. Dist. 207 officials then forwarded it to law enforcement. Once it was determined the video was recorded in Niles, Niles police took charge of the case.
Also charged in the case as juveniles earlier this month were four other Park Ridge teens — three 14-year-old males and one 16-year-old male. All four were charged with felony mob action. The 16-year-old and one of the 14-year-olds were also charged with misdemeanor battery.
In a letter to parents after the video was released, but before charges were filed, Maine South High School Principal Ben Collins said: “Dist. 207 and its schools take matters like this very seriously, and if it is determined Dist. 207 students were involved, first and foremost, it will be extremely disappointing behavior. Secondly, Dist. 207 will do all it can to follow through with disciplinary action. As with all disciplinary issues, that information will not be released to the public.”
Although Maine South serves most of Park Ridge, it is not clear that any of the five teens charged in the case were Maine South students.
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