A frame from the video showing a 16-year-old boy attacking a smaller boy Oct. 3, 2019, near Washington Middle School in Yakima Their faces have been blurred because the Yakima Herald-Republic does not identify crime victims or juveniles accused of crimes. The video was shared widely on social media.

A 16-year-old Yakima boy has been charged with second-degree assault after police say he slammed a 14-year-old boy head-first into pavement earlier this month.

Prosecutors filed charges Monday in Yakima County Juvenile Court, according to court documents.

The boy said he was walking the area of South Ninth and East Race streets after school on

Oct. 3 when he was approached by four people, including the suspect, a police affidavit said. They asked the boy if he was a member of a gang. He told them he no longer hung out with a gang, the affidavit said.

A video of the confrontation that was circulated on social media showed an older boy, whom police identified as the suspect, punch the younger boy, pick him up and slam him into street, the affidavit said.

He was knocked out by the blow and was later taken to a local hospital for treatment of a concussion, the affidavit said.


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Police said the suspect is a member of a NorteƱo street gang, the affidavit said. He is being held at the Juvenile Justice Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The Yakima Herald-Republic typically does not name defendants charged as juveniles.

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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
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