18-year-old mentally challenged man was brutally beaten on Facebook live stream and Chicago police were made aware of the video depicting four suspects, two males and two females involved in the beating.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 6, 2017
Chicago, Illinois – On Thursday, Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago and Jordan Hill,18, of Carpentersville were booked in the Cook County Jail on multiple felony criminal charges for aggravated kidnapping, a hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, robbery, PSMV and residential burglary in connection with the brutal beating of an 18-year-old White mentally challenged man, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The suspects will appear in a Cook County court to facensure formal charges on Friday. Chicago police reported that an officer spotted the victim walking in a sidewalk wearing only sandels, jean shorts and an inside out bloodied sweatshirt in outdoor freezing conditions. Police later discovered that the victim had been reported missing.
As police investigated the incident, a concerned Facebook (FB) user noticed a FB live streamed video, which showed four suspects who are all Afro-Americans beating a White young adult. The FB user recognized one of the suspects and notified police on Tuesday, which police managed to arrest the suspects connected to the beating.
In the FB video, the suspects while cutting the victims hair and clothing with sharp knives forced the victim to say “F_ck Trump!…Fu_k…White people!”
According to the criminal complaint, Hill and the victim who are both from Carpentersville met up at a McDonald’s restaurant to what was supposed to be a sleepover, but Hill drove the victim around for several days in a stolen van. Hill took the victim to where several other suspects lived in the 3400 block of W. Lexington in the Westside of Chicago and that’s when the ordeal began for the mentally challenged man. The suspects and the victim fooled around engaging in playful fighting and it got out of hand resulting with the beating including kicking, punching and cutting the clothing of the victim while on FB live stream. Police say the victim was held without his permission between 24 to 48 hours by the suspects.
A lower apartment tenant heard the noise and complained to the suspects. The suspects went to the lower tenants apartment and broke the door open. Meanwhile, the victim was left alone, he managed to escape and ended up walking alone and disoriented when a Chicago police officer spotted him and picked him up.
FB video of beating at https://youtu.be/oKiJDxyuyhs