Two young men are set to be arraigned Wednesday on charges that they beat and robbed an autistic man inside a Rolling Hills Estates mall parking structure in March.
Alexander Bell-Wilson of Rolling Hills and Korey Oscar Benjamin Streeter of Long Beach, who are both 18, are charged with one count each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The two allegedly assaulted the 18-year-old victim — whom they knew — and took his phone, according to Deputy District Attorney Lindsay Kurtis.
The alleged attack occurred March 22 in a parking garage of the Promenade on the Peninsula shopping center.
Video showed two men repeatedly punching the victim as he lay on the ground in a fetal position, covering his head from the barrage of blows. One of the men backed away while the other man kicked the motionless victim twice. Seconds later, the first man returned and went through the victim’s pockets.
Several bystanders were seen on the video, with at least one other person recording the attack, but no one stepped in to help the victim.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies became aware of the video three days later after it was posted on social media.
Bell-Wilson and Streeter were arrested April 11 and subsequently freed on bond.
If convicted as charged, the two defendants could face up to five years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.