September 17, 2019 – In Breaking News – Fox News
Minneapolis police report 20 people have been arrested, 18 of them charged, in connection with two brutal mob-style robberies caught on tape in viral videos.
The suspects range in age from 15 to 27 and were charged with various counts of robbery relating to two vicious robberies in August in which mobs surrounded young men and beat them unconscious.
Some suspects were charged with first-degree felony robbery, which carries up to 20 years in prison.
(Minneapolis police recently stationed more officers downtown in order to curb a significant increase in robberies this year that have sometimes involved a pack of robbers brutally attacking lone victims. Courtesy of CBS Local News and YouTube. Posted on Sep 12, 2019.)
Police told Fox News mobs targeted “vulnerable” victims for valuables like cell phones.
Brendan O’Brien, 24, told Fox News he was out celebrating his birthday in Minneapolis when he was surrounded by one of the mobs and then beaten.
The video appears to show O’Brien clinging to his belongings until he finally was knocked out.
“I didn’t realize how hard I’d been kicked in the face. It was much more brutal than I thought it was going to be.”
“I assumed that they hit me a couple of times and I gave up and they went on their way but I was knocked unconscious,” O’Brien told Fox News.
(The shocking videos show mobs of people beating victims senseless in downtown Minneapolis. Courtesy of KARE 11 and YouTube. Posted on Sep 12, 2019.)
O’Brien says he suffered a concussion and injuries all over his body. He now has trouble with memory, sleeping and has a sense of fear.
“I don’t feel as safe as I used to. I think that’s the best way of putting it is that something like this kind of takes a part away from you and I don’t know if I’m gonna’ get that back,” O’Brien said.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told Fox News the attacks seen in the videos are abhorrent.
“It is truly unacceptable for me as chief and it’s unacceptable for our Minneapolitans,” Arradondo said.
“No one wants to tolerate that type of criminal behavior.”
Police told Fox News a team of investigators worked for three weeks in partnership with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department to track down the assailants.
“There has to be consequences for your actions,” Arradondo told Fox News.
“I don’t want there to be a small group of people that feel that they can go unchallenged, unchecked.”
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