NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OH (FOX19) - City leaders in North College Hill are speaking out against an attack on a man by a group of bored teenagers.
Pat Mahaney, 45, was beat up earlier this month by six teens who said they were bored.
Police say Mahaney was walking back to his home from Ameristop when the attack happened. He was taken to Mt. Airy Hospital with internal injuries. The juveniles, who are 13 and 14 years old, have been charged with aggravated riot and felonious assault.
Police Chief Gary Foust posted a statement on the city's website saying that residents of North College Hill did not accept this crime as acceptable behavior.
Foust says the attack has been portrayed as a hate crime because the juveniles are black and the victim was white, but the teens did not acknowledge that the attack was based on race.
"The State of Ohio does not have a 'hate crime'. We charged the six individuals with the highest tier felony possible within the scope of the law with aggravated rioting and felonious assault," said Foust.
"It is kids and a crime of opportunity and they happened to pick on the first person that came along and now justice will take it's course," said Ron Moseby, a longtime resident of North College Hill.
"We are shocked by what happened. We are disgusted,"said Ron Brooks, the Mayor of North College Hill.
A fundraiser will be held Friday, Sept. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Van Sants on West Galbraith Road for Mahaney.