9 teens arrested for 'horrific' beatdown of U.S. Marines

June 4, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Nine juvenile teenagers have been arrested after a fracas that saw a mob of several dozen teens delivering a beatdown to three Marines who were on a beach in San Clemente, California.

report from the Gateway Pundit noted five were facing felony counts for allegedly kicking the Marines in the head when they were down on the ground.

The attack was Monday night, and Orange County deputies issued a statement regarding some of the arrests.

However, the circumstances got a little muddled when the Daily Mail released a report that suggested one of the Marines, while being provoked by the teens, "lashe[d] out at the teens, dropping his bottle of beer in the process, and has to be restrained by his comrade as the kids continue to goad them while filming on their phones."

The report said video from just before an all-out brawl developed suggested that Marine Hunter Antonio was "drinking around a number of the teenagers and openly conversing with them."

The sheriff's office said four boys and one girl had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and were being held in the case. Four others were facing misdemeanor counts.

San Clemente Mayor Chris Duncan explained that deputies "think they have the people they are looking for. Not to say that there might not be a few others out there. They feel pretty confident that they have the main perpetrators."

WND reported when the Marines reported the attack.

The stunning video revealed a mob estimated at 30-40 teens attacking and beating three Marines.

According to the Daily Mail, one of the Marines, Antonio, said the mob assault happened after he confronted the teens about being unruly, and setting off fireworks on the beach in San Clemente, California.

The report described the footage as "horrific" and explains the mob was "unleashing [a] savage beat down."

The report said the victims explained they were walking along the beach over the Memorial Day weekend before the attack.

"Frightening video posted online showed two victims curled up in the fetal position on the ground as the crowd continued to kick them, hurling profanities and racial slurs. A third Marine was also attacked but not shown in the footage," the report said.

Minor injuries were reported.

Eventually, two unidentified people passing by told the teens to back off, and deputies from Orange County soon arrived.

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