Caught On Tape: 2 Teens Allegedly Beat Classmate On OC Playground
LAS FLORES (CBSLA.com) — Two teens have been arrested in the apparent beating of a 16-year-old boy in Orange County, it was announced Wednesday.
Robert Valentin Ayala, 18, and a 17-year-old boy, whose name was not released, were arrested on May 21.
The attack, which was caught on video and posted on the “Ladera Ranch No Bullying” Facebook page, happened May 20 after school on the playground of Chapparal Elementary School, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The victim and the minor suspect got into a fight, with Ayala later joining in on the beating after the victim was rendered unconscious, the Orange County District Attorney said.
In the 24-second video, Ayala can be seen kicking the victim repeatedly, while the minor suspect punches him in the head up to eight times as he lies on the ground.
The victim suffered a concussion, broken nose, cuts and bruises, according to the District Attorney.
His parents say he’s now doing fine and has returned to school.
Both Ayala and the other suspect are students at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, officials said.
Tesoro administrators say that if it was a planned fight then it would have been impossible for them to have known about it; The victim and minor charged in the incident allegedly planned the fight off-campus at Chapparal Elementary School, five miles from the high school campus.
“It’s something that we will never tolerate and it’s unfortunate this had to happen,” Capistrano Unified School District spokesman Stephen Nichols said.
Ayala has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony aggravated assault and battery, with an enhancement for great bodily harm. He is being held on $50,000 bail at the Theo Lacy Facility and is due to return to court on July 15 for a pretrial hearing.
No other details about the minor suspect were released.
Friends told CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Stacey Butler the victim and the classmate who was originally fighting before Ayala stepped in have been embroiled in a long-standing rivalry. The two once got in a physical fight back in middle school, the classmates said, adding that this most recent incident didn’t stem from bullying.