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Nine teens arrested over brutal beating of three Marines on California beach

By Katherine Donlevy, Marjorie Hernandez,


Nine teenagers were arrested Tuesday in connection with the brutal on-camera beatdown of three Marines on a California beach over the weekend, authorities said.

Four males and one female were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and were admitted to the juvenile hall, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced.

Another four minors were reportedly charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, according to CBS News.

The suspects’ identities have been withheld because they are minors, according to authorities.
Footage captures a mob of teens viciously beating a trio of off-duty Marines on a California beach.
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Police say four males and one female were charged with assault using a deadly weapon.
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The Marines asked the group to stop lighting fireworks.
Camera flashes can be seen as onlookers watch the teens pummel the Marines.
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San Clemente Mayor Chris Duncan said deputies have apprehended the main suspects among a group of up to 40 others who ruthlessly attacked the three servicemen who were enjoying their Memorial Day weekend near the Pier Bowl.

“They think they have the people they are looking for,” Duncan said. “Not to say that there might not be a few others out there. They feel pretty confident that they have the main perpetrators.”

Investigators used video footage of the attack to track down the brutes, according to the mayor.
Authorities believe they have the correct suspects in custody after the brutal attack.
Hunter Antonino films himself after sustaining injuries from the brutal beatdown.
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“In today’s age, you’re going to get caught — people are going to record it,” said Duncan. “I hope this serves as a learning lesson for young folks in the community not to let themselves get out of control when something like this happens.”

The teenagers set their sights on the Marines after the trio asked the group to stop lighting fireworks — since a piece of debris had hit one of them in the face, they claimed.

“We told them we were Marines so they would leave — but they didn’t. They just kept going at it,” said one of the servicemen, Hunter Antonino.
Hunter Antonino (right) said the group was told who they were but the group “just kept going at it.”

The youngsters then followed the men and verbally berated them before overpowering the trio, forcing them to retreat into the fetal position on the ground, with their hands and arms covering their heads as the mob continued to kick, punch and stomp them.

The nearly minute-long clip shows the attack only ending when a man and woman rush in and scream at them to stop.

The sheriff’s department promised to “investigate this to the fullest” even if the servicemen opted not to press charges.

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