Watch: Off-Duty Officer Beat Unconscious Defending Woman From 6 Thugs On Black Friday
The search is on for the remaining 4 teens who helped carry out a brutal on an off-duty officer who witnessed the teens shoving a lone woman. The 6 attackers are described as black male teenagers seen at the Bay Street Mall in California. The attack took place around 8:00 PM and was caught on surveillance cameras.
A woman approached the teens after they allegedly stole her smartphone some 30 minutes earlier. In the video, she briefly walks away from the teens after being shoved, then returns to stand nearby as the young people milling around. A teen shoves her at least once more as others try to block him.
After a few minutes, the off-duty officer, wearing civilian clothes, approaches and talks to the woman, then gestures toward the teens, possibly taking photos of them on his own phone, the video shows.
Yanking off his hat and sweatshirt, at least one teen charges the man and a wild brawl erupts, the video shows.
Some of the teens appear to try to intervene while others join in as the chaotic fight moves down a pedestrian walkway, into landscaping and then back onto the walkway, the video shows. Several teens can be seen beating the off-duty officer, sometimes as he’s on the ground.
“He was punched. He was kicked. He was taken to the ground. He was choked. He lost consciousness for a minute, came back, was able to defend himself,” said detective Jaime Pardo, KPIX reported.
The officer recovered and sprayed the teens with pepper spray, KGO reported.
Security guards in bright yellow safety vests converge on the scene and break up the fight after a few minutes, the video shows.
Emeryville police arrested a 14-year-old and 16-year-old on suspicion of assault, KPIX reported. Police are seeking six other teens.The off-duty officer drove himself to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, KGO reported. Local police are still on the hunt for the other teens involved in the attack.
One resident explained that she doesn't go out after dark by herself because of an activity like this. Police are seeking additional footage of the attack such as cellphone recordings and anyone with information that could lead to an arrest are asked to contact Emeryville Police Department at (510) 596-3700.