Attack Caught On Video: Police Looking For More Suspects After Cell Phone Captures Fight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 19, 2014) — A brutal attack on the streets of downtown Grand Rapids was captured on a video that surfaced on social media and is now a key piece of evidence in a police investigation.

The assault took place happened Tuesday night near Rosa Parks Circle.
On the same night just a few hours later, two teenagers were shot nearby outside Buffalo Wild Wings on Ionia Avenue.

Last weekend, shots were fired outside McFadden’s Bar.

This is a trend of violence that police are not taking lightly. Night patrols were increased, and investigators looking for additional suspects tied to the crimes. Those suspects coming from cell phone video turned into police by a witness to the attack at Rosa Parks Circle.

Three people have already been arrested since the assault, but police are hoping three more will be under arrest soon.

The cell phone video of the attack lasts only 15 seconds, but Capt. Curt Vanderkooi with the Grand Rapid Police Department said it contains a lot of information and has helped police identify three more suspects wanted for assault.

What is disturbing is the attack appeared unprovoked, Capt. Vanderkooi said. The assault happened around 8:00 p.m. June 17, and police are still trying to figure out why dozens of teens ages 15 to 18 were gathering in that area in the first place.

“The incident involved a group of people,” said Vanderkooi.  “Out of this group emerges three or four suspects who assault another person who was walking through.”

Vanderkooi said an officer just happened to be patrolling the area at the time of the fight.  The officer’s presence is likely the reason the crowd left before anyone was seriously hurt.

As that officer was taking one person into custody, two teenage girls attempted to intervene.  Vanderkooi said those two girls were also arrested for hindering the officer’s arrest.

If you recognize the people seen in the video please call Grand Rapids Police at (616) 456-3604 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Police are still working to determine if the fight had anything to do with the shooting that took place four hours later at Buffalo Wild Wings.  No arrests have been made in that shooting, which left two teens in critical but stable condition.

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14 comments

  • Wont go to GR

    There is no question this was a hate crime.
    But it won't be-

    That only works in one direction.

    BTW: the democrats are working overtime to remove your right to self defence.
    They are trying to nullify stand your ground laws, they want the law to require you to run away…

    But hey..at least the brave mayor is keeping lawful gun owners out of city hall….

    This is why we don't go to GR, I refuse to spend a dime there.
    Guess what …you win!

    • Yep

      Anyone who denies that social behaviour has degraded since obama became president is lying.
      Black on white crime has soared.
      and inner city violence skyrocketed.

      When obama involved himself in trayvon martin, the TV special when obama convicted zimmerman with no trial he emboldened thugs.
      Everyone knows the justice department has become the just-us department.
      reverse racism is rampant.
      holder has even asked to two separate legal systems, one for blacks, one for whites.
      And lets not forget the millions of illegals obama has allowed to just waltz in with no effort to deport them.

  • Bill

    The real downtown Grand Rapids. You can make a few streets as pretty as you want. You can massage the statistics to appear to improve. This is pure GR.

  • Joel

    If FOX 17 had any integrity, they would do a story asking if this was a hate crime. Interview the police and prosecutors, ask the tough questions. We all know that will NEVER happen. If the tables were turned, they would be all over it, however.

  • lindsay

    Seriously.,. Are they stupid?? It started cuz then little black kids tried to steal my friends bike and he went and punched the kid that stoled it and 8 of them jumped him then more of my friends came to help and break it up and it turned.to that cuz all those dumb high school wannabe gang kids. Its ridiculous. The guy sam in this video who gets hit multiple ttimes wasnt even apart of it he was just attacked in the crossfire and thats sad cuz hes autistic and didnt deserve that and after this video they attacked him again right infront on the art museum in ffront of rosa parks circle. Another friend of.mine got punched in the stomach and she was just standing there. Its bullshit these kids ruin it for everyone else!

  • rob

    Deshawn you're an idiot. Do you honestly think if what you said is true the media wouldn't be ALL OVER IT ? Jesse & Al would put on their silk suits & calling for (demanding ) a federal investigation.