Posted on June 27, 2013

Caught on Camera: Police Say Teen Beaten for Shoes, And Web Notoriety

Marty Griffin, CBS Pittsburgh, June 26, 2013

Local recreation centers are supposed to be safe places for kids and teens, but what happened outside the rec center in Brookline is now the subject of a police investigation.


Police say the incident happened in broad daylight along Brookline Boulevard. A 15-year-old boy was at the center to play some hoops.

That’s when a group of African-American teenage boys approached the white victim and began beating him, allegedly to steal his basketball shoes, and for website notoriety.

On the video the group of boys can be heard screaming the name of the website “World Star” (for as they round the corner. That’s when police say they attacked. Another teen captured the attack on his cell phone.

World Star is an urban outlet website that hosts music videos, artist information, and also posts viral videos.


Police tell KDKA’s Marty Griffin that the two suspects who beat the victim are teenagers, one 15-years-old and the other 17-years-old.

Sources tell KDKA they beat the young man in order to steal his basketball shoes, and to get notoriety for the beating on the website.


Police tell KDKA the teens will face aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy and possible illegal use of communication device charges.