“They hit my neighbors’ wife with those rocks… He was also hit trying to protect his wife.”
Remember the “knockout game” from a few years ago? Apparently a new version of it is back. Despite multiple victims filing police reports, and some even presenting cell phone video as evidence, Las Vegas police are apparently refusing to do anything about a group of violent teenagers who have been jumping people in a neighborhood, beating them, throwing large rocks at them, and attacking people inside their cars.
One neighbor says “It’s like this every day. Two or three times a day there’s problems. Police have been up here two or three times every day. They get groups of these kids on their cars, put them in handcuffs, and two minutes later they’re letting them walk again. We know names, we have pictures, we’ve spoke with parents.”
On April 27, the group of teens were recorded on cell phone video attacking a woman. Neighbors said the woman was attacked three times and suffered a sprained ankle and broken finger.
“Sixty kids came out of no where and just rushed everyone,” Jon Harris said of his wife’s attack. “I don’t know how it started but we turned around and my wife was getting jumped by a bunch of kids.”
In the same video that captured the attack, the group of teens were seen picking up baseball size rocks and throwing them. Many of those rocks, neighbors said hit homes and cars.
“They hit my neighbors’ wife with those rocks,” Harris said. “He was also hit trying to protect his wife.”
“I want people to know that video where my neighbor is getting beat, this isn’t a one time thing,” Eric Phillips said. Phillips is a middle school math teacher, and lives in the neighborhood.
Others there said the teens have been causing problems in the area for months.
“You can’t drive down the street. They stop cars they try to get in the cars. They start banging on cars,” Harris said. “We know there names, we have pictures we have videos we have spoke to their parents. I mean two to three times a day they are an issue and 2-3 times a day police come. Police handcuff them, then 10 minutes later you see them back walking around.”
“Well when I talked to my neighbor and she said her eight-year-old was not going to school because she was afraid. I said the school needs to do something,” Phillips said.
They all wrote down statements and brought those concerns to the teens’ school, Edmundo Escobedo Sr. Middle School.
Phillips said he brought dozens of statements to the school and was told: “We will not be investigating.”
Neighbors said after months of dealing with this, tensions were reaching a boiling point.
“This is a situation someone is not going to come back from if it doesn’t stop,” Harris said.
Metro Police and Edmundo Escobedo Sr. Middle School did not respond to requests for comment.