Posted on June 23, 2023

Group Attacks Havertown Teen as Bystanders Record

TaRhonda Thomas, WPVI, June 22, 2023

Investigators say bystanders recorded video of the attack. It’s led to one arrest and a search for five other suspects who police say may have been after the victim’s shoes.

“They are punching, kicking and beating on this kid when he’s laying on the ground,” said Deputy Chief Joseph Hagan of the Haverford Township Police Department.

The video is disturbing as it shows six teen boys attacking a 15-year-old boy. Police say it happened at 9:15 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of Glen Arbor Road in Havertown. The victim had gone there to play basketball not expecting to get jumped.

“He apparently ran to a neighbor’s house banging on the neighbors door asking for help,” said Hagan.

The neighbor called 911 unlike any of the teen bystanders who can be seen in the video with their phones out. {snip}

“Not calling 911, not trying to help the kid on the ground,” said Hagan. {snip}

One of the recordings from that night ended up being the key piece of evidence for investigators.

“One of the kids put it up on social media and we were able to get that video off social media,” said Hagan.

The suspects are believed to be between 14 and 17 years old. {snip}


The teen suspect who was arrested was in possession of the victim’s shoes: a pair of Yeezy slides that police say the attackers may have been after. {snip}

In the video, the victim screams to the attackers as they were after the shoes. He can be heard screaming, “Just take them, bro!”

Those attackers, though, continued to chase and punch the victim.