Cops cuffed one of the teens allegedly responsible for a disturbing attack on a 15-year-old autistic boy on Tuesday night, police sources said.
According to police sources, officers arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection to a racism-fueled, brutal assault of a fellow teen who riders have identified as an underground group of young train enthusiasts known as the “Transit kids.”
The attack that occurred on March 10 inside the 181 Street Fort Washington Avenue station was caught on film in a now-viral video and depicts three young people spewing prejudiced remarks before raining down punches on him.
The video left the local community in shock, promoting a rally on March 14 in which they demanded justice for the victim.
“We understand that the kid is autistic, which makes the matter even worse to attack a child that can’t really comprehend what he’s done, or what he’s done in the past,” local resident Rosemary Severino said. “I think the community needs to take some responsibility.”
While police did not name the 14-year-old who they have taken into custody or exactly how they nabbed him due to his age, police did say that the teen is the first of three of suspects to be arrested. The youngster is charged with assault, aggravated assault, harassment, and menacing.
Locals also called for funding to pay for programs to keep teenagers engaged so they are not left to their own devices inside subway stations and train cars.