NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OHIO – Six teens were arrested Sunday after beating a man unconscious in a Cincinnati suburb – because they were bored and looking for something to do.
Pat Mahaney, 45, of North College Hill, landed in the hospital after a vicious attack that left him with a black eye and severe internal injuries. He was hurt so badly that his stomach filled with blood that required a tube down his throat to drain.
“I find this whole thing appalling and despicable,” North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust told the Daily News. Foust added that the 13- and 14-year-old boys were arrogant and that he believes the attack was pre-meditated.
Mahaney was returning home with a six-pack of beer when the juveniles walked by him on the sidewalk in the opposite direction, according to an incident report obtained by the Daily News. The boys then turned around and began to follow him. One punched Mahaney in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground.
The teens then took turns kicking and punching him in the head and face repeatedly, the report said. One of the delinquents took a beer can and threw it at Mahaney’s head. The attack only came to an end when a neighbor, witnessing the attack, intervened and said he was calling the cops.
“This individual would have sustained, possibly, a higher degree of injury if not for individuals in the neighborhood,” said Foust. They gave the adolescents’ names to police and assisted the badly beaten Mahaney until help arrived.
The attack itself was discovered by police by accident. A nearby patrol car had been called to break up a fight between two dogs when Officer Aaron Kodish noticed a large group of people standing on the street. He pulled up and saw Mahaney “covered in blood and trying to maintain his balance,” the report said.
It did not take long to find the suspects – five were arrested that night, the sixth the next day. They told authorities they only stopped beating Mahaney because neighbors intervened.
“Without their intervention,” Foust said of the neighbors, “the degree of injuries could have been much more severe.”
Mahaney, now released from the hospital, is currently home recovering from his injuries. He declined to comment on the incident when contacted by the Daily News.
Mahaney did speak to the Cincinnati Inquirer, saying he was surprised by the age of his attackers and that he “didn’t think kids could do something like this.”
Foust noted that Mahaney is unemployed and has no health insurance. The police chief said that “our hope in this is to work with the prosecutor to see that justice is done,” adding that meant jail time being served and the battered man’s medical bills being paid through restitution.
If that were to happen, the boys’ parents would be responsible for paying the medical bills.
All six of the boys were charged with two felonies each – aggravated riot and felonious assault. If they were adults, these charges would carry a sentence of anywhere from 10-25 years.
But as they are juveniles, Foust says, “that’s not going to happen.”
Due to laws prohibiting the identification of juvenile defendants, Foust declined to comment on whether any had prior criminal records.