Warning: Video shows graphic violence
A violent assault and robbery that left the victim struggling with injuries and uncovered medical bills was captured on a home doorbell camera earlier this week in north Minneapolis.
The video posted by a user on YouTube appears to show several males chasing down another male who finally collapses in a yard in view of the camera. The five males proceed to beat the male with their fists while kicking at him and tearing at his clothing.
The incident took place near the intersection of Dowling Avenue North and Girard Avenue North on the border of the Folwell and Webber Camden neighborhoods.
The males eventually take off after seemingly grabbing items from the victim and when a shadow of a person appears in the yard near where the camera is placed, indicating a possible witness coming upon the scene.
According to police dispatch audio from that date, police were called just after 5 p.m. on a report of an assault involving five suspects. A responding officer requested medics for the victim and told the dispatcher that some of the suspects had been armed with bricks.
The video made its way Tuesday into a post in a neighborhood Facebook group. One person posted photos of the victim taken after the assault that showed the victim with injuries to his face and badly torn clothing.
The person who posted the photos of the victim stated that they set up a GoFundMe for the victim, named as Ezequiel Valverde, because he doesn’t have insurance for medical care, nor could he afford to take time off from work to recover.
The person who set up the GoFundMe said that Valverde was coming out of a local store a block away on Lyndale Avenue North when the group started chasing him as he was trying to get to his car.
Anyone with information about the suspects is urged to contact the Minneapolis Police Department. As of the time of this post, the incident was not listed on MPD’s crime map so the case number is not known.
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