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7 teens charged in beating posted on YouTube

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CHICAGO -- Seven teens were charged early Wednesday in the attack and robbery of a teenager that was caught on tape and posted on YouTube.

Six boys and a 15-year-old girl are accused of participating in the beating and robbery of a 17-year-old male at about 4 p.m. Sunday in an alley behind an elementary school just south of the city's downtown.

Raymond Palomino, 17, was the only person in the group charged as an adult, with robbery and aggravated battery.


The other six -- two 16-year-old boys, three 15-year-old boys and the15-year-old girl -- were charged as juveniles, also with one count of robbery and one count of aggravated battery. Their names were not released.

The video posted online shows five males kicking and punching the victim while taunting him with racial slurs. The victim was eventually able to run away. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

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The Associated Press reported that the victim is of Asian descent. Even so, police say the beating did not appear to be racially motivated.

The offenders stole a pair of gym shoes, wallet and cash from the victim, police said.

Palomino is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday. The juvenile offenders were turned over to the Juvenile Detention Center for processing, police said.