Assault of teen with autism captured on video, 1 arrested

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PRATTVILLE, AL -- (WTVY) Prattville police are investigating an altercation involving several teens or young adults at a public park that was captured on cell phone video.

The video, which was was posted on Facebook and has been viewed more than 50,000 times, shows a teenage victim getting punched at least once.

The victim has autism, according to his mother. He suffered a busted nose and light bruises on his face but is otherwise is okay.

The incident happened in July at Doster Well Park, which is near the Doster Road artesian well. Prattville police began their investigation July 22, the day a report was filed.

Police announced Thursday one juvenile had been arrested in connection to the case. They are now are looking for other suspects involved.

According to police, all the potential suspects in the video have been identified. The exact charges they will face haven't been released.

There are more than a dozen people in the video - some appear to be directly involved in the altercation and others appear to be onlookers.

There's no word on what exactly started the fight, but police say it appears to have originated from a previous argument.

This week, Prattville police announced the park was closed. The mayor anticipates the park being closed for another week until police figure out how to better monitor it in the future.

The Artesian well is still available to the public for water. The well is a natural spring and a popular stop by people who often fill up their jugs with natural spring water.



 
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