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New video shows the moment mob of FORTY teenagers surround three Marines on California beach before they’re savagely beaten
- The teens are seen shoving the servicemen until one of them reacts. One of his comrades restrains him as the kids continue to goad them while filming
- Nine teens have been arrested over the attack which saw the servicemen kicked as they lay on the ground on San Clemente beach on Friday night
- The Marines say they were attacked after confronting the group over letting off fireworks. They sustained minor injuries and refused hospital treatment
New video has emerged of the moment a mob of forty teenagers surrounded three Marines on a California beach before they were savagely beaten.
The teens are seen shoving the servicemen until one of them reacts. One of his comrades restrains him as the kids continue to goad them while filming on their phones.
Nine teens have been arrested over the attack which saw the servicemen kicked as they lay on the ground on San Clemente beach on Friday night.
The Marines say they were assaulted after confronting the group over letting off fireworks. They sustained minor injuries and refused to be transported to a local hospital in the aftermath.
The new video shows the moment a large group surround two of the Marines as they start pushing each other back and forth
Antonino, pictured here, said that the fight had started after they asked the teens to stop lighting fireworks
On Tuesday, Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed they had charged four boys and one girl with assault with a deadly weapon and they would be held in juvenile hall.
Another four have also been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
San Clemente Mayor Chris Duncan revealed that deputies have caught the main suspects in the mob of teenagers who launched the attack.
He said: ‘They think they have the people they are looking for. Not to say that there might not be a few others out there. They feel pretty confident that they have the main perpetrators.’
Footage of the incident was used to track down those involved, the mayor added.
‘In today’s age, you’re going to get caught — people are going to record it,’ Duncan said.
‘I hope this serves as a learning lesson for young folks in the community not to let themselves get out of control when something like this happens.’
Hunter Antonino, one of the Marines, told KCAL that the fight began when he asked the teens to stop lighting fireworks
Antonino said he and his friend were enjoying some rare time off from Camp Pendleton in Oceanside during the Memorial Day weekend when the crowd began setting off the fireworks.
A piece of debris then hit him in the face and Antonino said he politely asked them to leave.
He said: ‘They were lighting off fireworks, they were being belligerent and obnoxious and annoying other people, so I went up to them and told them to stop,’ he recounted.
But the group followed him back to the pier, at which point Antonino said he and his friend warned the teenagers that they were Marines ‘so they would leave, but they didn’t.’
A group of nine teenagers have now been arrested over the attack o the three Marines
Hunter Antonino is seen here with a relative after signing on as a Marine in 2022
Antonino told KCAL the fight began when he told the teens to stop lighting fireworks
In the original minute-long clip posted to Facebook, the Marines were seen trying to walk up the steps outside the Pier Bowl as a group of teenagers shouted at them.
As they approached the stairs, a boy is seen brutally punching the back of one of the Marine’s heads.
The serviceman turned around and charged at the assailant, which led to an all-out brawl, as the kid’s friends jumped in to take swings and kick him.
Within seconds the group circled around the two Marines yelling ‘Get that f***er’ and ‘f*** that f***er up,’ even using the N-word at one point.
The original attack began outside the Pier Bowl as the Marines began walking up the steps
And two of the victims were seen curled up on the ground as the group continued to strike them with vicious kicks.
The brawl only came to an end after two bystanders, an unknown man and woman, intervened and yelled at the children: ‘Stop, what are you doing?’
San Clemente Mayor Chris Duncan described the Memorial Day weekend attack as ‘tragic.’
‘This is San Clemente, Marines are always welcome here, always going to be celebrated, always taken care of, and that is why this is so particularly tragic,’ he said.