Baltimore Police Charge Man In Videotaped Beating

Aaron Parsons
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Baltimore City Police say they have one man behind bars for his role in the St. Patrick’s Day beating of a tourist in downtown Baltimore.  Video of the assault went viral.

Police say they have arrested Aaron Parsons, 20, for his involvement in the assault and robbery on March 18.

Parsons and others can be seen in video captured on a cell phone, which shows a man being punched, stripped naked and robbed.

Police say the victim was out partying on St. Patrick’s Day and woke up the next day at his hotel, cut and bruised with no idea why.

“He had every right to leave wherever he was and get back to where he needed to be safely. Their behavior was just criminal,” said Det. Nicole Monroe of the Baltimore City Police Department.

The victim didn’t even know that such a video existed until a relative watched it online and told him.

After the attack, people bragged about it on camera. Tens of thousands of people have seen the video online.

Police are still seeking the identities of additional suspects. Anyone with information should call detectives at 410-396-2411.