According to authorities, four suspects approached the victim and attacked him as he walked alone in a residential area in Ridgefield Park, NJ. The assault occurred after school ended for the day at 3:00 p.m.
The victim later spoke with Ridgefield Park police officers and said that he was “physically assaulted.” The suspects were not armed and did not use weapons during the attack.
After assaulting the victim, the offenders ran from the scene and fled on foot.
The victim suffered minor injuries in the assault; the injuries did not require hospitalization.
The victim was able to provide police with descriptions of his attackers. The suspects were described as boys who are 14 or 15 years old. One of the suspects was wearing a red t-shirt with white-colored polka dots, while another suspect was wearing a blue polo shirt.
Investigators are treating the assault as a possible hate crime and bias incident that might have had something to do with “the victim’s perceived sexual preference.”
If investigators can identify and locate the suspects, they would probably face serious criminal charges for aggravated assault. Depending on whether the offenders are charged as minors or adults, they could be subject to a sentence of 10 years in NJ State Prison for second degree aggravated assault.
Anyone with information about the alleged assault or the culprits should call Ridgefield Park police at 201-641-6400.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Boys Attack 14-Year-Old in Suspected Bias Offense, Cops Say.”