South Boston police charge a 17-year-old with strangulation after watching viral video

After conducting numerous interviews and collecting evidence, police arrested the suspect

South Boston police arrested a 17-year-old after they said the teen was involved in an assault posted to social media.

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. – South Boston police arrested a 17-year-old after they said the teen was involved in an assault posted to social media.

Last week, police were notified about the video recorded in the town.

The video shows the teen choking out another 17-year-old in front of a group of friends, until he passes out and falls to the ground.

[10 News has chosen to not show the video at the request of the South Boston Police Department.]

After conducting numerous interviews and collecting evidence, police arrested the suspect on Monday.

The teen is being held at the juvenile detention facility on charges of strangulation and authorities said more charges are possible.

“When it gets to the point where we feel that it’s criminal in nature, which we certainly did, that is certainly not the norm,” South Boston Police Chief Bryan Young said. “There certainly was enough there to make us feel and understand that there’s more to it than just horseplay.”

Police say none of the boys involved in the incident are enrolled in Halifax County schools.


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