Huntington Beach Teens Beat Man with Skateboards--But Was it Self-Defense or Attempted Murder?

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Ever see the movie Kids? Remember that scene where a group of idiots nearly beat a man to death with their skateboards? That's what happened Friday night at Mundy Park in Huntington Beach--but the circumstances are in dispute.

Police told the media over the weekend that a brawl broke out between two group of skateboarders, and that a man tried to intervene after his girlfriend got in the mix. One group ended up chasing the man into a Laundromat and beating him so severely that he remains in critical condition at UCI Medical Center. The beaters fled the scene, but HB cops tracked down seven of the teens, arresting four of them for attempted murder.

That's version #1.


#2, on the other hand, comes courtesy of KTLA-TV Channel 5, who tracked down the father of one of the arrested teens. His version? Yes, his son and others hit the man--but it was in self-defense.

Who's telling the truth? HBPD will release more details today--details to come...

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warmachine
warmachine

Amy and Ian please shut up. Let me take a wild guess, your born and raised Huntington Beach. Dont support wannabe gang members that drop N bombs that are not even black. I would love to take you guys up to crenshaw in LA or east oakland and see how hard you are with that talk. HB the Jersey Shore of Cali. Heres one of wannabes........... Facebook gangsters are the best......so stupid. 

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Amy Elizabeth
Amy Elizabeth

Aaron Etchells^ learn your facts before spreading your shit!

Ian Reilly
Ian Reilly

fool my hommie is gettin charged with attempted murder over this shit- he's barely 18!!!!!!!!

Aaron Etchells
Aaron Etchells

How do you know that the screw driver wasn't used in the original scuffle between the kids? Were you there? Everything that happened is hearsay at this point, so for you to assume you know exactly what took place is Nieve and foolish. What we do know is a guy who has a history of assisting under privileged kids got beaten half to death. You are free to draw your own conclusions, seems like you already have.

Ian Reilly
Ian Reilly

the fool stepped into a fight that didnt involve him with a screwdriver and started swinging- injuring one of the kids. so the hommies chased his bitch ass down and taught him a lesson about bringing weapons into a fight that doesnt involve you- thats no cause for attempted murder for 7 kids

Minerva Magdalena
Minerva Magdalena

My Point Exactly, Mr. Aaron Etchells (in a Sherlock Holmes voice.) :)

Minerva Magdalena
Minerva Magdalena

The Truth is How Big Your Pocket Book Is. Beating a Man Nearly to Death goes Beyond the "so-called self defense claim" because as The Man lay BLEEDING AND MOTIONLESS AFTER THE FIRST HIT, You would THINK A PERSON USING THIS "self-defense claim" would flee the scene and CALL THE POLICE. A VERY WELL-DESERVED ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE SHOULD ENSUE.

Nestor Jaimes
Nestor Jaimes

skateboarding is not a crime.. neither should this incident

Mark Hradisky
Mark Hradisky

One more reason to hate skaters, and Huntington.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

What do you expect a father to say? Any father wants their son to go to jail for being a dumbass isnt a good father. Guy who got beat shoulda armed himself when walking in public. 

vcaon
vcaon

good luck with the self defense explanation. you outnumber the victim. you have weapons (skateboards). and   you chased the guy down. if this guy dies, say good bye to your adult lives. they might add gang charges to go with the murder rap. 

dtakeda1
dtakeda1

Was the father of the alleged beater there?  If he was, was he supervising his child?  If he was supervising his child, then how did this happen?  He should be charged as an accessory.

If he wasn't there (this is my bet), then he doesn't know anything and is not to be believed.

Jason Guthrie
Jason Guthrie

the guy was protecting his girlfriend from a group of angry skaters, pulls out a screwdriving subduing the guy that hit his girlfriend (the way I understand it), and is chased over a block by a mob of skaters (most of which were already on probration), and beaten into a coma using skateboards as weapons.... seems like assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder/manslaughter to me. Self defense is no longer applicable when they began chasing him. You cannot even chase a burglar/prowler out of your house and attack them. Once they run, they are no longer a threat.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Really?? A mob chases a man into a laundromat, beats him into a coma, and then calls it self defense??? Yeah, right.

King LÅndfill Lear
King LÅndfill Lear

Self defense is only valid if there's a reasonable feeling that you are in imminent danger... once they chased him down they became the aggressors.

Marlon Spears
Marlon Spears

The girlfriend of the guy that was beaten should have just called the cops instead of getting involved... I also agree with everyone that based on what I've seen and read, this does NOT sound like self-defense.

Marcus Lomelí
Marcus Lomelí

Those stupid parents anger me! Defending their reckless children! Instead of teaching them to own up to their mistakes and facing the consequences!!!! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

Debbie Matlow
Debbie Matlow

Didn't I read somewhere that ALL the boys charged are already on Criminal Probation??? Wait, they're all trying to turn their lives around right? Instead of defending the kids, the parents should be PARENTING the kids.

Jeff Babiak
Jeff Babiak

Mob of kids chasing a person across a busy street, into a laundry mat and beating the shit outta him is not self defense.

Ken Webb
Ken Webb

A group feeling the need to beat one person to death? Self-defense? I call BS. Couple of things,... Skateboarding usually is prohibited in parks/sidewalks etc,... That's why they have specific parks for skateboarding. If the beaten man in any way asked/told the skaters to obey the law or stop vandalizing property - the kids probably got mad and told the guy to F off - and started to menace the guy,.. The guy probably threatens to knock some heads off they didn't knock it off and so they tried to murder him. 1) parents get punished as well for their kids behavior,.. 2) The kids and their families need to make total restitution and 3) a Trial to determine guilt and the kids punished correctly,.. 4) Civil trial to determine restitution and compensation for injured. As an adult,.. I have NEVER had a kid who was either participating in some sort of vandalism or trespass,... And i requested them to stop,... Ever cooperate without voicing threats,..... Ever.

Aaron Etchells
Aaron Etchells

if they chased him into a laundromat wouldn't that mean they pursued him after he tried to escape the park? I dont understand why there is even a dispute haha

Arlyn Buck
Arlyn Buck

it probably started as self defense but it turned into mob mentallity once adrenaline set in. These kids seem to be well on track to be future police officers in Fullerton or Anaheim, except for their little probation issues.

Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez

self defense for a group?? and how do the parents know? were they there? if they were, what did they do about it?

warmachine
warmachine

@Ian Reilly 7 on 1.....I would pull a weapon too. OC born and raised bitches never fight one on one.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@Ian Reilly Your n-word friends should have been Bernie Goetz'd. The "fool" was carrying the wrong weapons in this case. Hope your "hommie" gets the book thrown at him.

warmachine
warmachine

@vegandawg23 I understand to stick up for your kids at all costs but when people die its a different story. You are basically helping the killer stay out of jail and no one should be raised that way. If it was my kid I would want him to go to jail to learn a lesson so it NEVER happens again. Also asian and white people that drop N bombs are not well and need to put in prison anyway. In prison there will be people there to teach them you dont talk that way.

gottaknow247
gottaknow247

@ocsurfgirl Typo #2....it's "two groups of skateboarders".  Possible typo #3- not sure why Gus chose to capitalize laundromat.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@warmachine @vegandawg23 Um, blacks only run things in prison because they are the biggest scumbags of all the races and so many of them are in prison that they have the numbers. Anyone can be a scumbag if they didn't have to worry about the consequences. Blacks are stupid and enjoy going to jail apparently. Asians not so much. That's why we study and get good jobs to get money instead of selling drugs on the street corner like the blacks do. Agree kids should goto jail and I have no idea what race they are. Whites I bet, don't think blacks skate that much.

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