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October 4, 2012

Midday Briefing | VIDEO: Teens charged in grocery attack posted online

PHILADELPHIA — Three teenagers have been charged in a videotaped attack inside a Philadelphia supermarket that left a shopper with a broken nose and cheekbone.

The suspects were arrested after a video of the Saturday night attack turned up on YouTube. That video closely matched surveillance video detectives had posted on the Philadelphia Police Department's YouTube site as they sought tips, authorities said.

The surveillance video shows the 47-year-old victim being struck in the face as he tries to defend himself with his cart. He is then struck and kicked after falling to the ground, and robbed of a money clip containing $100.

Police on Wednesday charged 18-year-old Tomas Eanes and 17-year-olds Kevin Tavarez and Jose Ruiz, all of Philadelphia, with robbery, aggravated assault and other crimes. Tavarez and Ruiz have been charged as adults. A female suspect seen on the video is still being sought.

It's not immediately clear from court dockets if the suspects have lawyers.

Police don't yet know if or why the victim, who was shopping with his brother, was targeted.

The assault occurred at about 10 p.m. at a Pathmark store in Northeast Philadelphia.

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Killer apologizes to kin of slain game warden

GETTYSBURG — A central Pennsylvania man convicted of killing a state game warden during a poaching investigation has apologized to the victim's family.

According to the Gettysburg Times, Christopher Johnson says he is sorry for the pain he has caused the relatives of wildlife conservation officer David Grove.

Johnson spoke Thursday during the penalty phase of his capital murder trial. After the hearing, a jury will decide whether he will be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Johnson was convicted earlier this week in Adams County of fatally shooting Grove in 2010.

Johnson lamented Thursday that there is nothing he can do to bring back Grove.

On Wednesday, the jury heard from friends and relatives of both Grove and Johnson.

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