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Teens Violently Attack Eagle Rock Jogger with Skateboards, Steal His MP3 Player

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Photo by Adrian Miles © via Flickr

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The LAPD has arrested one suspect and are looking for "four or five male youths in their teens" after an Eagle Rock resident was violently assaulted while running at the Yosemite Recreation Center last night, according to the Eagle Rock Patch.The attack left the victim with severe lacerations to his head, a broken hand and possibly broken ribs. The violence has shocked the community and sparked fears about increasing danger in the area as well as demands for explanations and increased security.

Residents packed last night's news conference where detectives explained they had one suspect in custody based on a witness tip and that they believed, despite resident concerns, this attack was an "isolated incident unconnected to any gang activity."

Police are still piecing together the evidence, but have noted that the gruesome attack may have occurred because one suspect was trying to show off to his friends. Senior Lead Officer Craig Orange said the attack was "the work of juveniles who wanted to show how tough they are" and believes the suspect in custody "wanted to show his buddies, 'watch how we take his MP3.'"

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With resident concerns about gang-related crime as well as increased camera security at the Yosemite Recreation Center to crack down on graffiti vandals, police are trying to allay fears while solving this particular crime. Councilmember Jose Huizar along with investigating police insist this skateboard attack is an abberation and not a sign of increasing violence in the area.

LAPD has stepped up patrols in the area while the investigation continues.