“The investigations show that the two juveniles along with multiple other juveniles assaulted the victim in this case, attempted to rob him and attempted to set his clothes on fire.”, said Officer Kent Bailey.
Police say the man awoke to his backpack being on fire.
Audio taken from dispatch during the call via Broadcastify said, “Units responding to Commons Drive. Sounds like there’s arguing in the background. They all have long hair and they’re all wearing masks on their faces. Caller’s thinking that they’re gang members. Tthe male is still there sitting down. He does appear to be injured. Every time a vehicle passes the group of men hide and then come back out.”
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy on attempted robbery and malicious wounding charges.
The other juvenile was released to his parents.
Officer Bailey credits the caller’s swift action for saving the victim’s life.
“The reason this gentleman’s life, this victim’s life… he’s probably still alive is because a citizen took time to call us and let us know what was going on and we were able to respond appropriately and catch, and we’re still working to identify all the other suspects.”, said Officer Bailey.
The victim in this case had non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released from the hospital.
Police say they are still looking into whether or not this was a gang related incident.