THREE ARRESTED: Beaten Teen Thanks Supporters
Three teens have been arrested in the brutal New Year’s Eve attack of a 16-year-old boy.
Nathan Rogers has several broken bones in his face after he says he was lured to a house and beaten.
“I’m doing better, better than I was,” Rogers told Channel 13. “A little sore in some spots but the swelling went down a bit. I’m doing better.”
Police say he was attacked by three teens. They broke several bones in his face and knocked him out twice. The suspects then bragged about it on Facebook and sent video to friends using Snapchat.
Now two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old are charged with felony willful injury in the attack.
Rogers says he is glad the culprits face charges, but added he is thrilled by all of the support he has received since. Since our story first aired a few days ago, Nate has gotten more than 19,000 likes on a Facebook page dedicated to his case.
“I didn’t think I’d get that many, like that much support. It’s pretty crazy looking at it,” Nate said. “Comments like ‘people like them need to get in trouble,’ ‘they should be in trouble, they shouldn’t be running around.’ ‘I didn’t deserve it.’ I don’t know what to say to them – thank you so much.”
Police are not releasing the names of the teens who were arrested. The 16-year-old will be tried as an adult, and a hearing will be held to determine whether the 15-year-olds will be tried as adults.
They’re also not saying whether they expect to make more arrests.