Two suspects identified in beating of Macon teen

Investigator speaks on youth gang activity

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says they've identified two of the youths that they believe beat up a student who was walking home from Ballard Hudson Middle School this week.

Lieutenant Reginald Thomas with the Bibb County Sheriff's office gang unit says both suspects are minors so names have not been released. 

The attack happened Wednesday afternoon, about 100 yards from the school.

According to a Bibb County Sheriff's report, 14-year-old Elliot Roseman was found on the ground near Carroll Street and Adams Avenue.

A video of the fight was posted on social media by a bystander who witnessed the attack. Roseman's mother, Stephanie Milton, claims a campus police officer also allegedly took a video of the fight, but did nothing to intervene. 

By email, school spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley told 13WMAZ that no campus police officer filmed video of the fight and suggested that Milton actually spoke to a Bibb County deputy. She declined to answer further questions, but said they're working with the sheriff's office to identify all of the students in the video.

Milton says her son was jumped because he refuses to join a local gang.

Lieutenant Thomas says they do not have evidence yet that the attack was gang-related, but they are monitoring one Macon gang and the investigation is ongoing. 

Thomas wants kids to understand the legal consequences of being in a gang.

"I think that kids need to understand that gang activity is a criminal activity, and as young as ten or fifteen, you could end up in some type of detention center. Gang activity is illegal, so what you might think is an innocent fight, you could end up getting charged with a gang crime that holds a lot of weight to it," says Thomas. 

 

The victim's mother told 13WMAZ she was meeting with the school Friday afternoon to further discuss the case.

Lieutenant Thomas says if you know anything about the case, or have a problem connected to gang activity in Bibb County, please call the Gang Investigation Unit at 478-751-7600. 

 


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