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VIDEO: Camera Catches Brutal Attack on Child at Chaparral Elementary in Ladera Ranch

Two teenagers have been arrested following the incident, officials say.

Robert Ayala booking photo. Courtesy the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Robert Ayala booking photo. Courtesy the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Originally posted at 8:59 a.m. June 4, 2014. Edited with new details.

Two local teenagers have been arrested after a videotaped assault of a student on the playgrounds of Chaparral Elementary School in Ladera Ranch.

The video has surfaced on a Facebook page called Ladera Ranch No Bullying. It shows a brutal attack with multiple kicks and hits to the head.

Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested 18-year-old Robert Valentin Ayala the day of the May 20 incident, said Lt. Jeff Hallock. The 17-year-old, whose name was withheld because of his age, was arrested the next day. 

CBS Los Angeles is reporting both suspects are students at Tesoro High School in Las Flores. The Ladera Ranch No Bullying page says both are also Ladera Ranch residents.

Ayala is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault and battery with significant injury, both felonies, Hallock said. 

The Facebook page says the victim "suffered a concussion and has no recollection of the event. "

Capistrano Unified School District spokesman Stephen Nichols confirmed the two alleged attackers are district students. He did not know whether the victim is also enrolled at Capo.

"It is very bad. it’s a very terrible situation," Nichols said, saying officials are taking the appropriate disciplinary action in consultation with district lawyers.


Mike Johnson June 05, 2014 at 01:51 PM
This is all truly disturbing. But what makes my stomach turn even more is that the last attack was a body drop on the victim. That is from WWE, a wrestling entertainment show with trained pros doing moves that look real, but aren't. Sadly, the victim is unconscious looking, not moving, and the last assailant does a "move" that he copied from TV that could/may have done very serious damage. These kids need to be seriously punished, for sure, but they also need counseling to figure out what would drive someone to attack someone like that. Another thing. The assailants weren't satisfied simply winning the fight, they almost looked like they wanted to kill the poor kid the way they kicked him while he was on the ground. That is just sick. (The kid that got beat up went to San Juan Hills, I believe.)
lori taylor June 05, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Two of them go to Tesoro and the third goes to SJHHS. The incident happened at Chapparel Elementary in Ladera Ranch. The injured young man is back at school, but having vision problems in one eye. I know all three of them and it's just horribly disturbing and sad.
Donna Fleming June 08, 2014 at 01:10 PM
I have family from other parts of the country contacting me "what is going on in San Juan Capistrano?" Kids are learning these violence tactics from violent movies, tv and computer simulation games. They desensitize kids. Life seems cheap. Very sad.
TT July 03, 2014 at 05:39 AM
Just as with pedophiles, I don't believe there is effective treatment for people who would hurt someone to this level, and get satisfaction from it. These devils will live their entire lives causing much pain to others.
Al Sanchez July 07, 2014 at 07:10 PM
I'D LOVE TO SEE THOSE TWO KIDS THROWN IN JAIL AND BEATEN UP BY SOME REAL MEN!! OH, ONE CAN ALWAYS DREAM . . . . .

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