Teen accused of mugging 54-year-old man
A 17-year-old male who police say is an identified gang member is in jail for allegedly mugging a 54-year-old man.
The incident occurred at 7:28 p.m. Tuesday, in the 400 block of West Springville Avenue. The Porterville Police Department reports that officers responded to the area for reports of a fight. When they arrived, officers saw one of the suspects flee on foot.
They quickly found and detained the suspect without incident, who was later identified as the male teen.
Police said the victim was a 54-year-old man who reported he was accosted by several gang members who demanded money. When he refused, the gang members began assaulting him, before taking his personal property, the PPD said.
Police report the man had visible injuries and was taken to the hospital via ambulance for treatment. He sustained non life-threatening injuries and was later released from the hospital.
The teen was later booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility on suspicion of robbery, battery causing injury, and participating in a criminal street gang.
Officers have yet to identify the remaining suspects.
Anyone with information regarding this case can call the PPD at 782-7400.