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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:11 pm

Today police arrested five suspects from a bloody brawl in Astoria Park last week, according to Councilman Petter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria).

“Thank God,” one of the victim’s mothers said. “I was nervous to let my child walk alone. It’s scary because you don’t know who is going after you.”

The police have not released the charges, but Vallone said from his experience as a prosecutor his educated guess is that they will range from felony assault, assault, misdemeanors and violations.

“A lot will depend on their age,” Vallone said. “You have to be 16 to be charged with a felony as an adult.”

The fight, captured on several smartphones and posted to World Star Hip Hop, shows a couple middle school girls from IS 141 being attacked by a mob of older teens last week. 

Disturbing footage shows a girl with red hair being punched several times. When she falls to the ground her attacker stomps twice on her neck.

The suspects at times use what look like belts to whip the victims, and toward the end of the fight an orange construction cone is hurled at the victims underneath the Hell Gate Bridge.

The few boys there, who didn’t engage in the fight but taped the incident, yell out “Boom” and “Oh shit.” A couple times people say “Stop” or “Get her out of there.”

The video ends with the main victim walking away from the scene with a wide cut running from above her eyebrow to her chin.

The attackers attend Long Island City High School, according to one of the victim’s mothers.

A few days before the fight a middle school girl was jumped by four high school girls at the McDonalds on 31st Street in Astoria. 

“It was my daughter’s friend’s issue,” the mother said. “Then the next day she went to school and she told my daughter she was afraid. ‘I’m scared,’ she said. My daughter said she would walk with her.”

The two girls and one of their sisters and her boyfriend were walking when the group of about 30 jumped them.

The daughter suffered from a fractured nose and two black eyes. She spent 10 to 12 hours in the hospital.

Since the incident she has been attending school, but her family has been picking her up and dropping her off. 

“This is not an after-school fight,” Vallone said. “This is a pretty vicious beating by a large group of older high school girls on two middle school girls.”

Because more than one person is involved in the assault it is considered a felony, Vallone said.

“I don’t know why these children act like this or why they have this anger,” the victim’s mother said. “You don’t just come and jump three girls. This is a wake-up call for them because they are going to jail. They need to change their lives.” 

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