Someone has finally been charged in that brutal St. Patrick’s Day attack here in Baltimore.
A 20-year-old male has been charged in connection with the attack that got nationwide attention after a video of the beating was posted online.
Aaron Jacob Parsons of Rosedale has been taken into custody, according to the Baltimore Sun. Authorities had been investigating him for more than a week as pressure mounted to make an arrest in the case. He’s been charged with assault, robbery, and other crimes.
Parsons turned himself in last night. His attorney, Warren Brown, said Parsons is a “good kid,” graduated from parochial school, and was raised by his brother after his mom passed away. Brown said Parsons has no prior record and isn’t responsible for the acts in the video that generated the most criticism.
“It’s not the punch that has aroused so much anger — it’s the humiliation after the punch, the disrobing of the guy, and going through his pockets,” Brown said. “He wasn’t involved in any of that and has no real association with those people.”
After connecting the various reports of the beating, authorities pulled footage from downtown Citiwatch surveillance cameras and posted images of three others involved in the attack Baltimore Police Department‘s official Facebook page in an effort to generate tips.
Apparently, Parsons didn’t make any friends once people started watching the video of the assault.
“He’s been deluged with threats,” Brown said. Parsons’ personal information was posted all around the internet once his identity was revealed.
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