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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Viral video aftermath. A man was attacked, beaten and stripped naked in front of a Baltimore courthouse on St. Patrick’s Day.  Now the only suspect in custody gets a small legal victory.

Adam May has the latest twist in this case.

The suspect got his bail reduced. But he’s still locked up while others are still on the loose.

Video of the humiliating assault outside the courthouse in downtown Baltimore on St. Patrick’s Day led police to one arrest.

Aaron Parsons, 20, faces a slew of charges.

He turned himself into police Friday night. Held at Central Booking, Parsons was originally held on $1 million bail.

But now a judge has reduced the bail to $500,000, which is lower than prosecutors wanted. But it’s still too high according to Parsons’ attorney Warren Brown.

“It is little more than the hysteria. There may be a point in time where Aaron is held criminally responsible and have to pay some price,” said Warren Brown. “But now is not the time to impose sanctions.”

In the video, it’s clear other people took part in the assault– even stripping the Arlington, Va. tourist of his clothes.

“There are more individuals that we are looking for and hopefully now that someone is charged it will lead to the identity of others,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police.

May: “Police are trying to identify the other suspects. Is your client gonna help out in that?”

Warren: “It looks like all of these people are together. Aaron didn’t know these people.”

But others do, including a man who approached WJZ outside the jail.

Mystery man: “It’s like family members.”

The man said some of the suspects are talking about the beating on Facebook.

Mystery man: “It shouldn’t be that hard, that hard. Just talk to people.”

That man would not give me his name, so WJZ gave him the number to Metro Crime Stoppers in case he decides to help investigators.

Police are not reporting any new leads. On Friday, Parsons issued a public apology to the victim.

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