Fresno teen arrested after viral video allegedly shows him beating his sister

Friday, July 11, 2014
Fresno teen arrested after viral video allegedly shows him beating his sister
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A disturbing assault was caught on camera in southeast Fresno. Fresno Police say the cell phone video shows a teenager being attacked by her younger brother.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A disturbing assault was caught on camera in Southeast Fresno. Police say the cell phone video shows a teenager being attacked by her younger brother.

The girl's 17-year-old brother has been arrested for assault. The unsettling video was later posted to Facebook. And now many social media users are demanding more arrests.

Police tell Action News they're still investigating, but the woman who posted the video says they're not working fast enough. She's demanding justice for the 18-year-old assault victim.

"I hate you get off of me," the victim screams in the video. "Stay down," the brother says.

Fresno police say the 17-year-old boy attacking his sister in the video is facing battery and false imprisonment charges. The video was posted to Facebook Tuesday night, one day after the attack.

Since then there has been a huge outpouring for further arrests. Juanita, the woman who posted the video says she hasn't watched all of it because it's too disturbing.

"I could hear her screams and it just gave me shivers all over my body," she said.

The victim is being treated for what police say is a skull fracture behind her ear, a punctured ear drum and possibly a punctured lung.

"That ain't right," Juanita said. "That ain't normal. You don't do that to somebody."

Investigators say the victim's brother and mother claim he was restraining his drunken sister from fighting. Police and friends say the brother and sister had been drinking. And officers say the brother clearly went too far.

"He tries to put a rag in her mouth to stop her from yelling," Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said. "He pours water down her throat. Somebody is videotaping, obviously. And it sounds like someone else is there also."

Those other people, police say, are possibly family members, including another sister and their mother.

"Her nose is bleeding," a woman is heard saying in the video just after hearing a thump off-camera. "Get off of me," the victim then shouted.

Police say more arrests could come. A detective is now assigned to the case to sift through this disturbing evidence.

The case has moved slowly because officers didn't know there was a victim, since she left the home right after the incident, police said.

The case opened once the video was posted to Facebook. The victim's friends say the teens' mom and sister who were there during the assault should also be arrested. Police say they're working to see if they can be charged with a crime.