Teens accused in Temple attacks charged as adults (Video)

Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Stanford says, “One of the teens, they struck the female in the face with a brick, causing significant damage to this young lady’s face.”

The District Attorney’s Office has charged three teenagers as adults in connection with attacks on students near Temple University’s campus.

16-year-old Najee Bilaal, 15-year-old Zaria Estes, and 15-year-old Kanesha Gainey have been charged with Aggravated Assault, Conspiracy, Possession of an Instrument of a Crime, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The girls have all been arraigned. Bail for Gainey was set at $75,000, and bail for Estes and Bilaal was set at $100,000 each.

The arrests were made on Tuesday – just one day after surveillance video of the alleged suspects was released to the public. Police say the video was critical in capturing the juveniles – some of which, after seeing the video on TV, surrendered to police.

The charges stem from several assaults near Temple’s North Philadelphia campus between 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on March 21, 2014.

In the first instance a couple was walking west along Norris Street approaching 17th Street when they say they were confronted by a group of kids.


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