A disabled military veteran was reportedly set upon by a mob of six to eight teenagers in downtown Cleveland.
Police subsequently arrested three suspects fleeing the scene of the alleged attack, one of whom was a 16-year-old girl who reportedly filmed the whole thing on her cell phone.
Army vet and college student Matthew Robinson was a passenger on the Healthline, which is a rapid transit bus system operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, when he was surrounded and attacked by the teens and robbed.
Depending upon Ohio law, the attack might also qualify as a hate crime because Robinson claimed the group shouted “knock that white boy out” during the melee.
The incident occurred in Cleveland’s Public Square, which is a four-block central plaza in downtown section of the city, and which has been the scene of similar violent attacks by teenagers recently. “Despite the arrests, concern remains as other attacks of a similar nature have happened in the area, most of which are said to have been perpetrated by other young culprits.”
Of the February 7 RTA incident, Robinson commented that “Your mother or sister could be on the bus, and the same thing could happen to them.”
The victim in the Cleveland attack fortunately did not suffer any serious injuries.
Last August, WWII hero Delbert “Shorty” Belton was allegedly beaten to death in Spokane, Wash., by two teens, who have been charged with first-degree murder. In October 2013, four teens allegedly mugged WWII vet Lawrence “Shine” Thornton in his own Greenville, Miss., driveway. He died two days later in a local hospital.
Do you think random acts of violence on the part of teenagers — which also includes the disgusting so-called knockout game — are on the increase or does it just seem that way because news can go national quickly via the internet?