HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — The father of one of four teenagers charged with attempted murder in the brutal beating of a man with their skateboards in Huntington Beach insisted his son was innocent Monday.
Huntington Beach police said the teens beat the 25-year-old man in a laundromat near Murdy Park after a fight broke out between skateboarders on Friday night.
The victim, whose identity was not released, was rushed to UCI Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery.
He remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition.
Four teenagers were charged and taken to a juvenile detention center. Police did not release the teens’ names because of their ages.
But Richard, the father of a 15-year-old teenager accused in the beating, told KTLA 5 News that the victim had attacked one of the boys first, running around the park with a screwdriver and a knife.
“The man came trying to stab him. He ran from the man,” Richard said.
Police painted a different picture. 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, according to police.
Surveillance cameras at the laundromat may have captured the crime on tape.
Police planned to review the video footage as part of their investigation.