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Teens arrested for Berlin U-Bahn assault

The Local · 3 Aug 2011, 09:00

Published: 03 Aug 2011 09:00 GMT+02:00

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According to the daily Die Welt newspaper, the 53-year-old man was set upon by four teenagers Monday evening at Berlin’s Ullsteinstraße U-Bahn station while trying to protect his 22-year-old daughter from an attack.

The teens knocked him to the ground then continued to beat and kick him, before his daughter managed to alert police.

The man was taken to the hospital with severe facial and skull injuries as well as brain trauma, Die Welt reported.

After a short pursuit they arrested a 16-year-old and the two 13-year-olds and are still searching for a 15-year-old boy. All are being arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.

The incident is the latest in a series of U-Bahn attacks which have left Berliners nervous and on-edge about the system’s safety.

In February, four youths were arrested after beating a man into a coma at a Berlin metro station. Just a week later, a homeless man suffered a broken nose after he was beaten up at another station.

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Transportation officials said they are working to beef up security by increasing patrols and installing more video monitoring systems.

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10:10 August 3, 2011 by West-Berlin
What makes them do such terrible things?

Is it because they re bored?

Two 13-year-olds were involved... they are getting younger and younger.

Makes me kinda speechless.
10:24 August 3, 2011 by Mingus
They should be sent to prison along with their parents.
11:47 August 3, 2011 by Lachner
Once again, no one was there to intervene and help the man. I just hope that these scumbags try to do this to someone that can defend themselves and get a really good beating. That will stop this idiotic trend.
12:44 August 3, 2011 by Talonx
@ Lachner

I don't think 3 or 4 (total) incidents in the space of 2 years make this a trend.
13:21 August 3, 2011 by elboertjie
Let severe punishment be a deterrent.

If kids see that others get off for free, they will do it too because the risk is very low of anything happening to them if they are caught.
13:22 August 3, 2011 by jbaker
Wonder how many attacks like this go unreported when there is not so much injury? These are kids who join Gangs to fill in where their parents are not around and do not have a solid family upbringing. They probably are abused at home and work this out by beating up easy victims.

This used to be read in horror in the past and will soon become an everyday appearance in the news.

All of this modern technology-mobile phones- computers-violant video games- Does this have anything to do with it? Maybe partially.

We need to figure out how to stop this violent behavior before it becomes the normal of the future.
14:26 August 3, 2011 by storymann
Really,I copied this from the world news:

Berlin has been shocked by a spate of violent attacks on its buses and train stations in recent months. Many of the attackers are teenagers, often high on drink or drugs.

More than 350 cases of youth violence on late-night buses and trains have been reported in the past four months.

I would call this a serious concern and a definite trend…..
16:33 August 3, 2011 by Eric D
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18:50 August 3, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Unbelievable. Where were the people who could have assisted the men being attacked? I would certainly intervene if I saw some punks beating on an old man. Can't you go to jail if you witness something like this and don't try to help?
18:52 August 3, 2011 by bugger
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18:54 August 3, 2011 by timo99
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19:25 August 3, 2011 by Cuchullain
So carry a knife and use it.
19:50 August 3, 2011 by michael4096
"This is just Turkish jihad on German streets ..."

"...in Norway the entire Brevik case has been relegated to background..."

Yer, and the martians are re-arming - expect invasion next month!!
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