CHICAGO — The lone adult among seven teens accused in a videotaped beating that went viral hung his head low and appeared to have tears in his eyes as he was led from court Wednesday after a judge set bond at $100,000 on aggravated battery and robbery charges.
Raymond Palomino’s father, Michael, a veteran sheriff’s deputy in Cook County, Ill., said the attack in Armour Square was “retaliation” after the beating victim and his friends jumped his son and another boy after school.
“He’s a good kid,” Palomino said of his son, whom he turned in after viewing the video on TV. “He’s had bad moments here and there, but nothing like this before.”
The other suspects — five boys ranging in age from 15 to 16 as well as a 15-year-old girl — were all cited in juvenile delinquency petitions on the same charges, police said. Their identities were not made public because they are juveniles. Police said one of the teens lives in Arlington Heights, the rest in Chicago.
Cook County prosecutors said the girl allegedly lured the 17-year-old victim to an alley in the 2700 block of South Shields Avenue, where the six suspects repeated punched, kicked and taunted him and stole his gym shoes, wallet and cash.
The victim, a senior at Curie High School, was treated at a hospital for bruising to his eyes, a swollen and bloody nose as well as cuts to his lips and bruises to his ribs and body, according to a prosecutor.
A videotape of the incident — shot by the girl with a cell phone and posted on You Tube — created an Internet sensation.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the video sparked “great cooperation from the community” and assisted detectives in identifying the offenders — even though some anonymous YouTube commenters had identified individuals who weren’t involved in the beating.
Police also confirmed that “a prior altercation” led to the beating on Sunday.
At the Criminal Courts Building, Palomino’s lawyer unsuccessfully sought a low bond, saying his client had no previous criminal record.
“As you can see, he can’t even look anybody in the face because he’s embarrassed to be standing here,” attorney Ilia Usharovich told Judge Israel Desierto.