A 45-year-old resident of North College, Ohio was brutally attacked by a group of six teens on Saturday.
According to NBCNews.com, Pat Mahaney was walking home from the store with a 6-pack of beer, looking forward to a quiet evening at home watching sports, when something hit him in the head. Mahaney was immediately knocked unconscious when six teens attacked him as he turned off Simpson Avenue onto Dallas Avenue. A police report said that the six teens, between the ages of 13 and 14, “were just bored and were looking for something to do.”
“I don’t remember anything,” Mahaney stated. “I was walking home from the store – and ‘bam.’ ”
“The next thing I knew I woke up on my neighbor’s front step and the life squad was there,” Mahaney added.
Mahaney was taken to Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital where he was treated for four days before finally being released. His body was severely injured. He had so many internal injuries from the assault that doctors had to insert a tube down his throat to remove all of the blood in his stomach. On Wednesday, a tube remained in his right nostril and blood continued to seep out of his head. His left eye was still heavily blackened from the attack.
Cincinnati.com reports that the first five teens that were arrested were twin brothers, Tyree and Terrell Mizzell; Lamont Champion and Daquan Cain, all 13-year-olds; and Michael E. James, 14. The sixth suspect was finally arrested on Tuesday, but his name has not yet been disclosed. These six young teens face felony charges of aggravated riot and felonious assault. Court officials say that all of the suspects but one have been released from Hamilton County’s juvenile detention center and have been placed on house arrest at their parents’ residences.
Mahaney could not believe that a handful of teenagers could do such a terrible thing.
“I didn’t think kids could do something like this,” he said. “They should be punished.”
Police were shocked at the arrogance of the teenagers while they were questioning them.
“They were pretty arrogant in the interview with us,” North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust said. “It’s appalling. I think it’s despicable. This appears to be premeditated and there was no remorse on behalf of any of the assailants. Thirteen-year-olds ought to be playing basketball, not running the streets looking for ways to entertain themselves at the expense of somebody.”
The six teenage attackers are scheduled to appear in court on August 24.