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Cops cuff teen, seek second suspect for assaulting girl in Sheepshead Bay

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Caught: Authorities on Wednesday arrested this 14-year-old suspect for assaulting the girl.
Wanted: Police are still searching for this bully, who punched the victim from behind during the attack.

Police on Wednesday cuffed a teenage boy for attacking an 11-year-old girl on Nostrand Avenue in Sheepshead Bay last month, after footage of the assault surfaced on social media.

Cops charged the 14-year-old from Brooklyn with assault and reckless endangerment, but didn’t release his name or address due to his age. And authorities are still searching for a second bully, who also attacked the girl during the Dec. 18 assault near Avenue Y, which officials said occurred around 8 pm.

An apparent Snapchat video of the incident, which authorities released on Tuesday, shows the arrested teenager hurl a backpack at the victim, before splashing water in her face and tossing a plastic bottle at her.

The at-large goon then came from behind and punched her in the head, and the now-cuffed teen followed suit, slugging her again — all while they and the onlookers who filmed the attack laughed at the victim, the footage shows.

Officials said the male suspect they’re still hunting for was last seen wearing a burgundy sweater and dark pants.

Cops are not looking for the person who filmed the attack and shared the video, according to a Police Department spokesman, likely because simply recording an assault or sharing footage of such an incident is not against the law, according to Brooklyn-based criminal-defense lawyer David Levine.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@schnepsmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Posted 12:00 am, January 10, 2019
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