Video posted to Facebook appears to show what police are calling a “horrific,” “unprovoked attack” in Rochester where four teens attacked a man near the RTS Transit Center.
All four suspects appeared in court on Thursday after the attack Wednesday afternoon.
Police say 17-year-old Xavier Lopez, 19-year-old Brandon Purdie, and two unidentified 16-year-olds attacked a 30-year-old man near the corner of Clinton Avenue and Main Street.
Officers say the suspects streamed the attack on Facebook Live. Video obtained by our sister station in Rochester shows one of the teens walk up and punch the victim in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground outside the Transit Center.
The man gets up and tries to walk away, but the teens continue to follow and harass him. At one point, the victim turns around and calls the suspects a racial slur.
At that point, the attack escalates and the suspects start beating the man.
Police say the victim suffered injuries to his head including “multiple nasal and facial fractures.”
Lopez and Purdie are charged with gang assault for the attack. The two minors are also facing charges.
Speaking with the media, the defense attorney for Lopez downplayed the impact the video could play in the case.
“I have to take a look at those videos and see what it does,” said Defense Attorney
Paul Vacca. “A lot of time they’re grainy. A lot of times you can’t really get a full picture of what went on. I’m sure I’ll be reviewing it many times and take it from there.”
“I don’t know what, maybe the wrong people around him. Choices that he made around the wrong people,” said Lopez’s uncle Angel Sedan-Rodríguez. “Because I’ve done it before when I was young, so I changed and I’m trying to do the same thing for him. He’s better than that.”
Police also say more arrests are possible, and the status of the two juveniles is pending.