18-Year Old Man Among Three Arrested in Violent Beating of Special Education Student

Long Beach Gang Detectives have arrested Three Teens in connection to brutal beating of a Long Beach Poly Special Education Student, in video that has circulated online.

Among the three teens in custody, 18-Year Old Brian Blancas is facing the more serious charge of Attempted Murder with a gang enhancement. The video viewed thousands of times, allegedly shows Blancas along with two other teens allegedly kicking and beating an African American teen.

The victim’s mother recently gave an interview, stating that she believes that her son was targeted because of his ethnicity. The suspects are described as Hispanic. Since this attack, many in the Community are outraged, and took to the Poly Campus to voice their opinions.

Long Beach PD says that in response to the potential Hate Crime, they have added extra patrols in the area, but say that they do not want to speculate on the motive of the attack at this time. “If they see something, to say something regarding any criminal activity.”

Brian Blancas remains in custody on $1 Million dollars bail on an attempted murder charge. The two other teens are described as 16 & 17 years old, their names are being withheld due to their ages. They are facing assault charges. The investigation is ongoing and if you have any information, you are urged to contact Long Beach Police Gang Detectives (562) 570-7370