NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Three more teens were charged in the beating of two Virginian-Pilot reporters on April 14 at the corner of Church Street and Brambleton Avenue.
Two 16-year-olds and one 14-year-old have been charged with two counts of simple assault by mob and one count of participation in a riot, according to a news release from Norfolk police.
Petitions for the three teens were secured and executed on May 12. The three were taken into custody, charged and released to their parents or guardians pending an arraignment.
The arraignment is scheduled for May 14 in Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
Four teens have now been charged in the beating incident on April 14. Another 16-year-old boy was charged on May 3 with two counts of simple assault by mob, one count of participation in a riot and one count of vandalism, according to the news release.
According to the police report obtained by WAVY.com , David Forster, 31, and his colleague, Marjon Rostami, 26, were driving home from the Attucks Theatre on April 14, when they came to a stoplight at the intersection of Church Street and Brambleton Avenue in Downtown Norfolk around 11 p.m.
"There was this huge crowd of young people," Forster told WAVY.com. "Best guess is 100 (people), could have been more, maybe a little less, but it was a long line of people like some big event had just gotten out."
Forster says someone in the crowd threw a rock at the vehicle.
Rostami told police she believed the rock was thrown because the suspect saw her lock her door as a large group of young black men passed by the car.
Forster decided to get out and address the situation and that is when the beating began.
The police report indicated police were investigating the matter as a hate crime. Norfolk Police said that it was classified like this because of a computer "glitch."
The incident got national media attention when Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly featured the incident on The O'Reilly Factor Monday .
During the show, his producer Jesse Watters said many people in Norfolk felt it was a racially motivated attack: "I think there is a lot of racial animosity in Norfolk."
Norfolk police are continuing to investigate the incident.
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