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Teens beaten during park robbery
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Two teenagers were assaulted and robbed Sunday morning while they walked through Donnelly Park.
The Turlock Police Department arrested Thomas Brummitt, 20, of Turlock and an unnamed 15-year-old boy for the attack and robbery. In karma-like fashion, police were arresting the two when a prior theft victim passed by their apartment and recognized some of his stolen property. Additional charges were tacked onto the duo.
The assault took place at Donnelly Park shortly before 10:30 a.m. The 16- and 17-year-old boys were in the park when they were confronted by the two suspects, who demanded the 16-year-old hand over his iPod, Turlock Police Lt. Jeff Lopes said.
The victim refused and the two suspects set upon him and his friend. The suspects punched the teens and kicked them in their heads, according to the police report.
The victims fought back, but the two suspects were able to pry the iPod away from the 16-year-old.
One of the responding officers recognized the description of the suspects and the investigation turned to an apartment at 381 W. Hawkeye Ave.
Both Brummitt and the 15-year-old boy were positively identified as the attackers, according to the police report.
As the two were being taken into custody, a man passing by the apartment noticed some of his property that had been taken in a prior auto theft. The two suspects were tied to the theft when the keys to the stolen auto were found in their possession.
The two were charged with robbery, assault, possession of stolen property, and auto theft.
The two teens assaulted had bruises and scrapes from the fight, but declined medical attention, Lopes said.
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