St. Paul police arrest two involved in creating videotaped assaults on YouTube

TwinCities.com reported Nov. 19 on the arrest of two people involved in creating a YouTube video showing a series of random assaults on unsuspecting victims.

 

St. Paul police arrested two on Nov. 18, one adult and one juvenile, said police spokesman Sgt. Paul Schnell.

 

On the morning of Nov. 17, St. Paul police began to receive numerous e-mails and phone calls regarding the video of attacks, which was posted on YouTube. The video appears to show young men randomly attacking people, Schnell said.

 

The video shows many assaults, including knocking over a bicyclist, pushing over a man walking, and chasing and pushing down a child.

 

Based on the settings of the video, investigators believe that most of them took place in St. Paul.

 

The investigators of the gang unit have been in charge of identifying the men who were involved in the creation of the video. In the beginning of the video, eight men are introduced by their street names, such as "Shark" and "Gun Play."

 

 It is hard to determine whether the victims were seriously injured or not, Schnell said. The young men videotaping usually ran away or stopped taping following the assault.

 

Twelve attacks are included in the video, titled "Watch This T.V."

 

The person who posted the video closed his or her account after removing the video Tuesday morning.

 

This video is related to similar videos that have come about in the past 10 years, which depict acts of violence. One such video gained national attention. The March 2008 video showed the beating of a 16-year-old Florida cheerleader. Five teenage girls were convicted because of the video.

 

Anyone who has been victim of the young men seen in the YouTube video should call St. Paul police at 651-291-1111.

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