While appearing on MSNBC, NBC News correspondent Ron Mott tried to argue that the four suspects in the gruesome attack on a special needs white man weren’t actually trying to be criminals, the Daily Caller reported.
“Ron, let me ask you this,” MSNBC’s Ali Velshi began. “The police chief originally came out and said — he called them kids, they’re really adults — but he said kids do stupid things.”
“I’m not going to get into whether it was a hate crime just yet, but stolen vehicle, burglary, all these things? This sounds a little more than stupid kids,” he added.
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“Well, you look at it on the surface and you think kids can make some really poor decisions from time to time,” Mott said. “But when you add in the criminal element here, the fact that they stole someone’s vehicle, the fact that they apparently broke into a house where this alleged attack took place, the fact that they, you know, physically harmed this young person, held him against his will and then apparently, you know, texted the parents demanding some sort of monetary exchange to send him home.”
“It goes beyond just stupid decisions by kids,” he added. “But because they made so many errors, if they were truly trying to be criminal, to obviously broadcast your crime is not a smart thing to do.”
Here’s video of the exchange, courtesy of the Daily Caller:
Four suspects were arrested and charged with hate crimes and kidnapping in connection to the grisly attack.
Chuck Ross noted:
Chicago police charged three 18-year-olds — Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper and Brittany Covington — with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to NBC Chicago. Tanishia Covington, 24, faces similar charges.
The victim has been identified as 18-year-old Austin Hilbourn.
Hilbourn, who lives in a Chicago suburb and has been described as having “mental health challenges,” was shown bound and gagged as the suspects beat him, cut him with a knife and forced him to drink water from a toilet.
…Hilbourn disappeared on Dec. 31 after his parents dropped him off at a McDonald’s. One of the suspects later called Hilsbourn’s parents to say that they had his son in captivity. The kidnappers released Hilbourn who was found by police in a state of shock. Investigators believe that he was held captive for at least 24 hours. They also believe that one of the suspects knew Hilbourn from school.
Authorities initially declined to call the attack a hate crime. The four suspects are set to appear in court on Friday.
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