10/11/2011

Cleveland teen charged with attempted murder in gang beating

Hilario D. Cerritos


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A 17-year-old Cleveland teen is charged in adult court in the brutal beating of a 31-year-old man.
Hilario Cerritos, of West 74th Street, was bound over from Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and arraigned Friday in Common Pleas Court on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated rioting. He's being held on a $100,000 bond.
Prosecutors say Cerritos, Gabriel Rosado, 31, five other men and five boys attacked David Tompkins, a father of three, Nov. 22, 2010, near West 21st Street and Denison Avenue.
"The victim was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked in the head," prosecutor's spokesman Ryan Miday said. "He was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center and remains in the hospital."
The attack was part of a gang initiation. Tompkins, walking to his home, was chosen at random.
The youngest boy in the group was 10. He pleaded guilty in juvenile court to two counts of attempted felonious assault and agreed to testify against the others, Assistant Prosecutor John Hanley said.
Two other teens' cases remain in juvenile court, while two other teens face bind-over hearings.Advocates for Abandoned Adolescents - Our Mission is to do better!

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