03/19/2006

Four more people arrested in videotaped VA. gang beatings

The Associated Press

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- Four more people have been arrested in connection with multiple assaults and robberies by a neighborhood gang that videotaped its crimes.

Five adults and seven juveniles have now been arrested and police are looking for seven more suspects. The four males, ages 15 to 20, were arrested Thursday and Friday and charged with robbery, malicious wounding and conspiracy, police spokesman Harold Eley said Saturday.

The videotape features assailants beating the victims with objects including a trash can and a bicycle, threatening victims with a gun and robbing them. Police said most of the attacks were never reported.

Since January, 37 similar attacks were reported to police, and investigators are trying to determine if those were committed by the same people.

Police provided the videotape to The Associated Press and said it was found in a home last month during a separate investigation. They said they don't know what motivated the attacks or the efforts to videotape them.

Newport News is a shipbuilding city about 80 miles southeast of Richmond.

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