HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) – A Huntington Beach man remained hospitalized in critical condition Sunday after he was brutally beaten with skateboards at a laundromat near Murdy Park.
The victim, whose identity was not released, was rushed to UCI Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery.
Four teenagers have been charged with attempted murder in connection with the incident.
But one of the teenagers’ fathers told KTLA in an exclusive interview on Sunday that the victim had attacked one of the boys first, running around the park with a screwdriver and a knife.
Police had a different story. They said the trouble apparently started when two large groups of teens were fighting in the park on Friday night around 7:50 p.m.
A woman tried to break up the brawl, but some of the teenagers turned on her, and her 25-year-old boyfriend intervened, authorities said.
Several teens chased the man across the street to Surf City Coin Laundry, they said.
At least four of them attacked him using their skateboards as weapons, police said.
Surveillance cameras at the laundromat may have captured the crime on tape.
Police planned to review the video footage as part of their investigation.