Six People Beat Up Alleged Peeping Tom
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An alleged peeping Tom remains in the intensive care unit after reportedly being assaulted with a tree branch, NewsChannel5 reported. Officials said Mario Russo, 44, was attacked after he was spotted outside a bedroom window wearing his pants around his ankles and watching a 5-year-old girl who was sleeping outside the Bunker Ridge Apartments. Russo was reportedly hiding in bushes.
Police said after he was discovered a group of six people, include the girl’s mother, aunt and their boyfriends attacked him and brutally beat him for more than an hour. The girl’s mother, Stacy Umstott, 28; her aunt, Athena Lemieux, 20; Brandon Breedon, 21; Nicholas Phipps, 21; and Khald Arafat, 34; and a 15-year-old are in police custody. They face felonious assault and rape charges. Murder charges could be filed if Russo dies.
The girl’s aunt admitted to sexually assaulting Russo with a tree branch, police said. The incident was caught on tape.
Meanwhile, police said that citizens should not take matters into their own hands
“To take matters into their own hands like they did was just way, way beyond reason,” North Royalton Detective Jay Drake said.
Well, they certainly got their point across. Still, while it’s hard to find much sympathy for a pervert who enjoys gratifying himself to the image of toddlers, it appears that the mob-administered justice exceeded the initial (alleged) crime.