Reward offered in attack teens say was racially motivated - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Reward offered in attack teens say was racially motivated

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - A reward is being offered for information on at least seven men accused of attacking two teens in front of the Coeur d'Alene resort.

The attack, apparently motivated by race, sent one of the teens to the hospital with dislocated shoulder and bruises to his head and kidneys.

The two 15-year-olds say they had just visited a friend staying at the resort and were trying to go home when they realized they were not going to make it to the bus stop on time. They say they didn't have any money for a taxi and started asking people in front of the resort for money. One man they asked apparently said a racial slur to one the teens and that's when seven to eight other men attacked them, saying more racial slurs.

The teen sent to the hospital says that during the attack his head was slammed into a curb. The other boy was hit in the face and thrown into nearby bushes.

Resort security responded when they heard the yelling, as did two police bicycle officers.

At this time, no one has been arrested in connection with the Saturday attack and the Coeur d'Alene Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact them.

Angela Brown, the mother of one of the teens says the attack has greatly upset her "It's 2009 and I'm just upset about the whole thing and the kids involved and I would hate for anyone else to have to go through this."

"There's no reason for racism, move on.  I want kids to feel safe and getting these nine guys caught would make me so happy right now, to get them off the street before it happens to someone else.", Brown added.

Descriptions of only three of the suspects are available.

1) White male approximately 260 pounds wearing a white shirt and brown shorts and a hat.

 2) White male approximately 135 pounds dark brown hair wearing an Abercrombie and Fitch shirt and brown shorts.

 3) White male approximately 180-200 pounds wearing khaki shorts and a polo shirt, he had no shoes. The others involved were "dressed similar" in polo shirts and shorts.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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