District Judge Jim Motznik was blown away by the tape. As a city councilman he represented the district, and fought for the funds to make the center work.
“This rec center, this area where kids come should be a safe haven,” said Motznik. “Kids should be able to come here without fear.”
Police tell KDKA’s Marty Griffin that the two suspects who beat the victim are teenagers, one 15-years-old and the other 17-years-old.
Sources tell KDKA they beat the young man in order to steal his basketball shoes, and to get notoriety for the beating on the website.
A 15-year-old friend of the victim says he’s going to be okay.
Griffin: “Are you scared to be down here?”
Victim’s friend: “No.”
Another teenager, who also plays hoops at the rec center, says it has to stop.
“It shouldn’t be happening because it’s a park and there shouldn’t be fights,” the victim’s friend said.
Motznik, who was sickened by the tape, says this sort of thing in his community park is done. He guarantees it.
“These people will be arrested and face the maximum fine and penalty for their actions,” he said. “They’ve issued warrants for their arrests. There will be more police patrols. Staff will come out of the building so that not only is it safe inside but also safe outside.”
Police tell KDKA the teens will face aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy and possible illegal use of communication device charges.