Man attacked by teens in Southeast DC neighborhood

A video that went viral on social media shows a man trying to run away from what appear to be teenagers harassing him in DC’s Buzzard Point neighborhood.

Another angle shows one of the alleged attackers chasing the victim and then punching him in the side.

DC Police say the simple assault happened on Half Street in Southwest near Audi Field around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8.

Investigators say the victim did not want to file a report, so they made their own report after reviewing the footage and seeing the “victim being assaulted by Suspect 1 and Suspect 2.”

Nick Baker’s car dash cam captured the incident and He shared it on social mediaHe says the violence is disturbing and shocking.

“I think it’s important for everyone to know that these things are happening. The perpetrators are young, so we can’t be too lax with crimes. We have to have certain standards,” Baker said.

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Baker hopes the suspects will be held accountable for their actions.

“They’re young enough to get better, to learn that what they’re doing is wrong, so I hope the fact that they’re being called out for it is a wake-up call for them,” Baker said.

Georgie Britcher was walking her dog when she saw the situation was rapidly escalating.

“It was a very outnumbered situation in terms of a group of kids and one man,” Britcher said.

Overall crime has decreased by 17% in the District Compared to last year, however, numbers only mean something when they don’t reflect how people actually feel.

“I’m more concerned about how young criminals are getting. I think that’s what worries me the most,” Britcher said.

DC Police are still investigating and searching for suspects in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411.