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"Watch this" - Teens tape themselves shoving random people, get arrested

Boys will be boys, these guys look like they watched too much Jackass and Bum Fights while listening to hip hop.

Please note that if you are going to commit felonies, be sure to record it to video, then upload said video to a public internet site with your real names and nicknames clearly shown. :)

Note that obscenities and copyrighted music have been removed from the video (not by me).

Some teenagers of all colors act like this. Just read Clockwork Orange. Please be warned that all racist comments will be deleted and the users who made them blocked.

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2 on YouTube assault video arrested

The two were among a group recorded on camera who were participating in assaults on bicyclists and pedestrians.

By ABBY SIMONS, Star Tribune
Last update: November 19, 2009 - 12:22 AM

St. Paul police have arrested an adult and a juvenile in connection with a series of random attacks in Minneapolis and St. Paul that were recorded on video and posted on YouTube.

A 19-year-old was booked into the Ramsey County jail, and a 17-year-old was taken to a juvenile detention center. Both were booked Tuesday on suspicion of strong-arm robbery and aggravated assault, according to St. Paul police reports.

St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Schnell said police were searching for two others who were recorded on camera participating in the assaults, while the remaining others -- at least four -- would be considered persons of interest.

"From what we have seen in the footage, there were only four people that we can connect with possible criminal activity in the city of St. Paul that were clearly and directly involved in the planning and/or execution of these attacks," Schnell said.

He said that a handful of victims have come forward, and about four reports were filed as of late Wednesday afternoon. One victim told police he was tackled from behind by an unknown male at 6 p.m. Saturday while walking east on Grand Avenue near Avon Street in St. Paul. "Assault was probably posted on YouTube," the police report said.

The investigation and arrests followed the Monday posting of a YouTube video featuring eight young males terrorizing bicyclists and pedestrians -- including children and older people -- in what appeared to be Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Edited and set to music, the video shows the group of what appear to be teenagers or young men taking turns saying, "Watch this," before knocking down victims and running away, laughing. The video was removed by midday Tuesday.

The video made its way around several online message boards and was soon e-mailed to police and media. The perpetrators prominently showed their faces and gave what were purported to be their real names and nicknames.

"We certainly would love to talk to people who may have witnessed things in different areas," Schnell said.

Victim accounts are vital for charging, Schnell said, so it is important that anyone who experienced a similar incident contact St. Paul police at 651- 291-1111.

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921

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Added: Nov-19-2009 Occurred On: Nov-18-2009
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