Baltimore police charged three juveniles as adults in the group beating of a man in Little Italy on Sunday. A 19-year-old was also charged with the group.
The four suspects were among six males police interviewed after a 24-year-old man was found bleeding and complaining of a broken jaw and missing teeth in the 300 block of S. Exeter St. The victim told police he had been walking west in the 1200 block of Bank St. when 10 to 15 males between the ages of 14 and 24 walking on the other side of the block approached him, a police report said. One of the suspects punched him in the face before he was kicked repeatedly, police said.
Police say a Samsung Galaxy III phone was stolen in the assault. Based on the man's account and other tips, police arrested the teens earlier this week. Detectives are investigating whether they could have participated in other crimes including alleged group assaults that residents have reported to police in recent weeks in Canton and Patterson Park neighborhoods.
The three suspects charged as adults were Rashad Watkins, 19, of the 3700 block of Elmora Ave.; Emajae McInnis, 16, of the 500 block of N. Lakewood Ave.; Rashawn Jefferson, 17, and Raekwon Jefferson, 17, who share the same birthday and live in the 1100 block of Somerset St.
Watkins is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree assault and theft, court records show. The other three face first-degree and second-degree assault and theft charges.
Baltimore police spokesman Det. Vernon Davis said the three juveniles are being charged as adults because they are suspected of serious "aggravated assaults."
No attorneys were listed in court records.
Relatives or working phone numbers corresponding to Watkins and McInnis' homes could not be found. No one answered the phone at the Jeffersons' home.