3 teenagers charged in connection to assault caught on video at light-rail station in St. Paul

Racial or ethnic bias was not believed to be involved, investigators said.
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Three 15-year-old boys have been charged in connection to an assault against a woman at a light-rail station in St. Paul on May 4. 

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office on May 11 charged the boys with gross misdemeanor harassment with intent to injure and fifth-degree misdemeanor assault for "harassing and kicking" the woman, a news release says. 

Because of their ages, Minnesota law prevents their hearings and the petitions against them from being made public. They did make their initial court appearances on Monday, the release notes.

"While the investigation remains active and ongoing, at this point, the Metro Transit Police Department’s investigation has not revealed any indication that any racial or ethnic bias was involved nor did the victim’s injuries warrant a felony-level charge according to the police reports," the attorney's office said. 

The three suspects were arrested last week in connection to the incident, which was caught on video and shared to Instagram.

The video shows a woman standing inside a shelter at the Dale Street Green Line light-rail station before she is kicked in the face by a suspect in a red, hooded sweatshirt. Before the attack, another person repeatedly says "you won't" as if to provoke the violence.

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