A group of violent teenagers are believed to be responsible for two attacks in Turlock that sent two people to the hospital over the course of a few hours.
The first attack was part of an ongoing dispute and resulted in an 18-year-old man being hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries Saturday evening. In the second attack it appears the suspects targeted a random 17-year-old boy, beating him to the point that he required medical treatment at a nearby hospital, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday the Turlock Police Department received a report of an assault happening in the 1100 block of Colorado Avenue. According to the police report an 18-year-old man was walking in the area with a teenaged girl when they were “jumped” by a group of juveniles.
The girl was pushed by one of the suspects, while the 18-year-old was punched and kicked while he was on the ground. One suspect also threw a pot at him, Holeman said.
The suspects all fled the area prior to the arrival of the police and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
About four hours later a 17-year-old boy was attacked while walking in the 900 block of Pioneer Avenue. The attack was reported shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday.
The victim told police officers that four males in their teens surrounded him and began punching him “for no reason,” before fleeing the area.
The 17-year-old sustained non life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
There were no descriptions available of the attackers other than that they were teenagers.
Anyone with information about either attack is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department at 668-5550.