Five Portsmouth juveniles charged with assault

Video of incident that circulated social media led to arrests

Posted 5/17/23

PORTSMOUTH — Five juveniles have been arrested in connection with an assault that took place on May 5 on the property of Hathaway Elementary School, according to police.  

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Five Portsmouth juveniles charged with assault

Video of incident that circulated social media led to arrests

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PORTSMOUTH — Five juveniles have been arrested in connection with an assault that took place on May 5 on the property of Hathaway Elementary School, according to police. 

At about 7:11 p.m., officers responded to a call for service regarding an assault involving multiple juveniles that had just taken place on school property.

The parents of a 15-year-old had contacted police, saying their child had been dragged on the ground, punched and kicked by several juveniles, according to police. 

“While investigating the incident, officers learned of a video of the assault being circulated on social media,” police stated in a press release on Wednesday. “The video was obtained by the officers and the department’s school resource officer was able to identify the involved juvenile suspects. Later that evening, probable cause was established and three of the involved juvenile suspects were arrested for the assault.”

The investigation led to a fourth juvenile who was also charged, and then a fifth juvenile was charged after “a retaliatory assault occurred on East Main Road in the area of Berroth South the day after the original assault,” police said.

The juveniles are all Portsmouth residents ranging in age from 13 to 15 years old. 

“All five juveniles have been petitioned to family court,” police said.

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