7 teens on MN basketball team accused of attacking homeless in Kansas


Seven teenagers from a Minnesota youth basketball team were arrested and charged with misdemeanors after reportedly attacking homeless people in Wichita, Kansas, this weekend.

According to the Wichita Eagle, the boys ranged from 12-18 years old. Police told the paper the group is suspected of throwing rocks and debris at one man, tackling and beating another, and knocking a third victim off a bike.

Authorities arrived on the scene in the city's downtown around 11 p.m., with reports up to 12 young men were part of the group, KARE 11 says.

At least three people were injured by the attacks, but no one was hospitalized.

One officer told the Star Tribune he doesn't believe all those charged were actively taking part in the assaults, and it is possible more charges could be filed.

The name of the team has not yet been released. The identities of the juveniles have also not been released (but it is also BringMeTheNews' policy not to name juveniles charged with a crime, unless charged as adults).

According to KWCH, the team was staying at a hotel downtown. They were in town for the Mid-America Youth Basketball tournament, the Star Tribune says.

Authorities are investigating.

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