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article imageYouths allegedly beat couple in racial attack

By Owen Weldon     Oct 21, 2013 in Crime
Brooklyn - Police say that last Monday a group of 10 young black individuals beat a white couple in Brooklyn in what seems to be a racial assault.
According to The Blaze, Ronald Russo, 30, and his wife Alana, 30, may have been the victims of a racial assault when 10 black youths, which included a 12-year-old girl, beat them after the couple honked the horn at them. Russo honked the horn to signal the group to move because the light was green, said NYPD Lieutenant John Grimpel.
According to Gothamist, Ronald said that the kids started to kick his vehicle, and he got out to take a look at the damage. That was when he allegedly was dragged to the ground and was punched and kicked.
During the confrontation the youths were allegedly saying things such as "get those crackers" and "get that white whore." Ronald said that his wife was yanked by her hair.
According to NY Daily, Ronald said he felt blows all over his body, and that he suffered a fractured nose, a blood clot, a broken septum and abrasions to his shoulder. After the incident he was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
Alana was allegedly attacked when she was calling 911, and her head ended up slamming into the concrete. She suffered bleeding, got a black eye and she had difficulty breathing, but she said she did not want medical attention. Ronald's iPhone was also stolen during the beating.
After the attack the youths, ranging from 12-18-years-old, took off, but two teens, Kashawn Kirton and Daehrell Finch, were arrested in the parking lot of a Lowe's store a few minutes later.
Cops eventually arrested the 12-year-old girl, as well as a 14-year-old boy.
Kirton, who has no prior arrests, is now facing gang assault charges, as well as harassment and menacing, all as hate crimes.
Kirton gave an interview on Saturday evening, saying that he would have never have taken part in such an attack, mentioning that he has cousins who are white. He said also that he attends a college where most of the students are white, and half of his friends are white.
Kirton also noted that he would never use the words that were used during the attack. He went onto say that he was inside Lowe's when the attack happened outside, and he was wearing the same outfit as one of the accused attackers, and that is why he was arrested.
Finch, 17, was also charged with gang assault, menacing, as well as harassment, but he does not face any hate-crime charges. Finch has been arrested in the past for assault, trespass, as well as theft of services.
Police are still looking for six more suspects.
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