3 teens charged with attacking woman at transit stop
ST. PAUL — Three teenagers have been charged with attacking a woman at a transit stop in St. Paul last week.
The teens, all 15, are charged with harassment with intent to injure and fifth-degree assault.
The attack captured on video and circulated on social media shows the teens surrounding the woman on a transit stop platform May 4 and one kicking her in the face.
The Asian American Organizing Project, based in St. Paul, issued a statement that said some members expressed the concern the attack appeared to be racially motivated. The woman is Asian and the suspects are black.
Prosecutors in Ramsey County said that doesn’t appear to be the case.
There was insufficient evidence to support a felony-level charge in the case at this time and prosecutors did not find any indication that “racial or ethnic bias was involved,” according to a statement released Monday.
Each of them made their initial appearance in Ramsey County Juvenile Court on Monday.