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Victim Remembers 'Pack Robbery' Attack

10:12 PM, May 19, 2010   |    comments
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ASPEN HILL, Md. (WUSA) -- One victim of a "pack robbery" attack tells 9NEWS NOW, "I feel like they were going to kill me. When I go to sleep, I still remember when the guy wanted to attack me. Maybe the guys needed money." 

The attack, caught on surveillence video, was in a stairwell at the Aspen Hill apartments in the 13000 block of Georgia Ave. at 10:05 p.m. on May 5th.

Montgomery County Police have charged three teens after a pair of "pack robbery" attacks, including one that was caught on an apartment complex security camera.

An investigation is underway to identify at least two other people who are participating in the vicious beating.

"This is especially brutal because we believe the suspects regard attacks like this as sport," said Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County Police Dept. spokesman.

One suspect approaches the 32-year-old victim and engages him in a conversation.  In a matter of seconds, the man is surrounded by four more attackers who begin a brutal beating that includes punching and stomping.

The victim, a Spanish speaking father of two from El Salvador, said the first teen who approached him seemed friendly. 

"Si tenia cinco dolares, les dije que no." The victim said he asked for $5, but he didn't have any money to give.

The attackers fled after stealing the victim's cell phone.

The victim suffered injuries including broken ribs and severe bruising. Police say the victim was terrorized by the incident and is a reluctant witness.

Three suspects were arrested after a second attack that occurred at the intersection of Georgia Ave. and Connecticut Ave. in Aspen Hill on May 15th.

Police matched the suspects to the video of the previous attack.

The suspects now charged in the case are:

Kirkland Hall Jr., 18,  of Rockville: 2 counts of robbery and first-degree assault.

Tjay Joseph, 16, of Silver Spring; 2 counts of robbery and first degree.

Darrell  Boyd-Brothers, 17, of Silver Spring: 1 count of robbery and first degree assault.

All are charged as adults.

Police continue the search for at least 2 additional suspects seen in the video.

Written by Scott Broom & Alex Trevino
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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