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Suspects arrested in Astoria Park brawl

Fight taped with smartphones

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:30 am

On Friday police arrested suspects from a bloody brawl in Astoria Park last week, according to police.

“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 five girls arrested, who are ages 13 through 15, were charged with gang assault, assault riot and assault in the third degree, police said.

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 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 present, who didn’t engage in the fight but taped the incident, yell out “Boom” and “Oh shit.” A couple times witnesses shout “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 mother.

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,” Councilman Petter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said. “This is a pretty vicious beating by a large group of older high school girls on two middle-school girls.”

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