(KMOV.com)—The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating after 15 teens allegedly beat three people in a downtown St. Louis park Sunday evening.
Police said as many as 30 boys and girls were walking in the park near the intersection of 18th Street and Chestnut when two men, ages 62 and 53, were assaulted by 15 teen suspects.
The suspects then went after a 16-year-old boy and took his iPod.
Police said about 12 officers responded to the scene and apprehended the suspects, who were taken into custody for questioning.
“We don’t believe that their intent necessarily was to commit crimes, but then it almost appears they started feeding off each other, each one encouraging the other one and saying, ‘hey we can do this’ and they started seeing some people they felt they could take advantage of,” said Capt. Kenneth Kegel with the St. Louis Police Department.
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One 18-year-old suspect is in custody. Another suspect was taken in to the custody of juvenile authorities.
Police said the other 13 suspects were booked and released to their parents or guardians.
The three victims suffered minor injuries and are expected to recover.
Police have not released the victims’ or suspects’ identities at this time.
No formal charges have been filed.
The investigation is ongoing.