Police arrest 6 teens in brutal attack at South Bay taco shop

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Police have arrested six teenagers in the brutal attack of a 16-year-old boy at a Chula Vista taco shop that was caught on video last week.

The vicious beating at Cotixan restaurant on East Palomar Street circulated online and drew outrage from the community. Video shows a swarm of teens punching, kicking and throwing chairs at the teen, even after he fell to the ground. Police also say the boy was robbed.

Police say the video helped them identify six suspects: four between the age of 15 and 17 and two aged 18 and 19.

“That video was brutal, it was brutal to police officers when we saw it, when we became aware of how serious the attack was we poured all of our resources into solving it, working with the family, the father, the restaurant owner and members of the community,” said Chula Vista Police Captain Vern Sallee.

The minors were arrested Wednesday and taken to San Diego County Juvenile Hall, Chula Vista Police Department said. The adults, identified as Kent Pasunting and Aldrin Uy, were arrested on April 16 and taken to jail, Chula Vista Police Department said.

Police say Pasunting and Uy live in San Diego and attended Mark Twain High School, an alternative campus located at Morse High School. The minors all attended Morse High School, but have since been suspended, police said. Their identities will not be released.

“The dispute began last month when the victim and suspect got into a heated exchange on social media over comments made to one of the victim’s friends,” CVPD said in a release. “On April 11 the victim and his girlfriend were sitting at the Cotixan restaurant when the suspects walked-in unexpectedly. Police believe the suspects entered the restaurant with the intent to attack the victim.”

“I have it in my mind 24/7 I will never forget this video, it’s playing constantly in my head just seeing how he escaped,” said the victim’s Father, Margarito Martin.

The family of the teen who was attacked says it was all because of an argument on social media between the victim and one of the juveniles arrested. 

“It was a social media he thought it was going away, but in this case they did act on it my son says he was just defending a friend,” said Martin.  “He had multiple, multiple hits to the head. All of them wanting to stomp his head in. So I’m worried about long term consequences of this.”

All suspects were arrested for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary.

A peaceful protest against bullying is scheduled outside the restaurant Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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