Cops: Attack, robbery of Chicago teen on video goes viral

Detectives are investigating the beating of a 17-year-old boy by several male attackers Sunday afternoon in Chicago’s Armour Square neighborhood in an incident that was captured on YouTube and was going viral.

The attack happened in the 2800 block of South Princeton Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said.

A video is being circulated on YouTube that "matches pretty closely" with what happened on Princeton, the officer said.

The boy was battered by several unidentified males and was robbed of a pair of gym shoes, his wallet and cash, O'Brien said.

He has been released from Mercy Hospital and Medical Center for a cut on his lip, bruising and abrasions, O'Brien said.

"It's become a big deal because of the video," O'Brien said of the attack.

The video, which appears to be from a hand-held device, shows at least five males, including one in a black mask who appeared to be the ringleader, punching the victim multiple times.

At least once, the boy falls and blood can be seen on his lip, but they keep after him, kicking his body and head when he is lying on the snow-covered ground.

The victim eventually gets up and appears to be trying to reason with the attackers, but the beating continues. Finally, the teen sees an opening and takes off running, but the suspects follow him down the alley.

According to a law enforcement source, they took $180 from him, and the incident is being classified as a "strong-arm robbery.''

As of late Monday, no one was in custody, O'Brien said.