On Tuesday afternoon, police announced that five teens were being questioned over last week’s brick attack near Temple’s campus. And on Wednesday, District Attorney Seth Williams announced that three teens were being charged as adults in the case.
According to an official announcement from Williams’ office, 16-year-old Najee Bilaal, 15-year-old Zaria Estes, and 15-year-old Kanesha Gainey (seen above, from left, in their mugshots) have been charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Bail was set at $100,000 for Bilaal and Estes and $75,000 for Gainey.
And here is an account of the investigation from the Philadelphia Police Department:
On March 21, 2014, a female Temple University student and her boyfriend were walking on the 1700 block of Norris Street when they were attacked by a group of black females. During the assault, the female student was struck in the face numerous times with a brick, causing extensive damage to her face and mouth. The offenders fled south on 17th Street on a SEPTA bus.
During the investigation that followed, Central Detectives learned that the same group appeared to be responsible for three additional attacks in the same surrounding area.
Surveillance video from the area of the first attack was obtained by detectives and aired on local news stations. On March 25, 2014, the day after the video aired, five juvenile females called Police from different schools and locations, each claiming to be part of the group and each wanting to turn themselves in.
Witnesses from the area of the first attack were interviewed as well as School Board Police Officers who were instrumental in leading two suspects to turn themselves in along with Temple University detectives providing surveillance video which captured two suspects was recovered immediately prior to and after the robbery on 15th Street.
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