Supermarket thugs use YouTube to brag

This capture from a surveillance video shows gang of attackers assaulting man in the aisle of the Franklin Mills Pathmark.
This capture from a surveillance video shows gang of attackers assaulting man in the aisle of the Franklin Mills Pathmark.
Posted: October 04, 2012

THAT'S JUST COLD.

Surveillance video released by police on Tuesday gives a bird's-eye view of a pack of four teenage hoodlums approaching a 47-year-old man as he shopped in the frozen-food aisle of the Franklin Mills Pathmark about 10 p.m. Saturday, taunting him, then punching him in the face.

During the unprovoked attack, police said, the teens continued to kick and punch the man after he fell to the ground, and took his money clip with $100 cash before running out of the store and fleeing in a small hatchback car, possibly a Chevrolet Aveo.

After Philadelphia police posted the surveillance on their official YouTube page Tuesday, spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said, calls started pouring in about a video of the same incident that showed up as a related video on YouTube. Evers said it appeared that the amateur videographer tagged or titled the brag video so similarly to the police's version that the two were linked.

In the video that apparently was shot by one of the perpetratrors - posted Sunday with a tweet reading "Tomas, Jay and I catching wreck at Path Mart around the mills lmao. Gotta see this!" - one of the young thugs can be heard taunting the victim as the person filming and two other teens laugh.

"I'll smack the s--- out you, you b---- a-- n----," one teen says before the scuffle.

The unidentified victim was treated at a hospital for a laceration to his right cheek and a broken nose and released, police said.

Evers said that detectives were reviewing the videos and had tracked down the Facebook pages of teens believed to be involved, but hadn't officially identified suspects as of Tuesday night.

The four suspects were described as: a 5-foot-8 Hispanic man with a medium complexion, earrings and a nose ring who was wearing a baseball cap, a blue jacket, a T-shirt and tan shorts; a 6-foot Hispanic man with glasses and a goatee who was wearing a long-sleeve red shirt and tan pants; a stocky 5-foot-6 Hispanic or Asian man who was wearing a blue track suit; and a Hispanic woman with dark hair about halfway down her back who was wearing a red coat and blue jeans. A sixth person in the video is apparently another shopper.

The incident was reminiscent of last week's arrest of six teenage girls in Chester who allegedly had filmed themselves beating a mentally disabled woman and posted the video online.

Tipsters in the Pathmark incident should contact Northeast Detectives at 215-686-3153, the police tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).


Contact Morgan Zalot at zalotm@phillynews.com or 215-854-5928. Follow her on Twitter @morganzalot. Read her blog at PhillyConfidential.com.

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