A 17-year-old beat up a deaf teenager during a party in Texas and now police say the suspect has been charged with assault.
On Sept. 28, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office said it received a report of an assault that happened between 3 to 4 a.m. on Sept. 25 during a party at a home in Millsap, Texas.
Several witnesses were interviewed during the investigation and they stated the 17-year-old victim was in a sleeping bag in one of the rooms of the house, along with other people, officials said.
That is when several teens started “messing” with the victim by shining a light in his face, laying on top of him and trying to wake him up, authorities said.
One of those teens was 17-year-old Austin Patrick Gonzalez, who smacked the victim on the face several times, police said.
The victim asked Gonzalez to stop hitting him, but when Gonzalez did not stop, the victim took a swing at Gonzalez, officials said.
The victim then got up and charged at Gonzalez, who “body-slammed” the victim and hit him in the face two or three more times, police said.
Some of the party-goers helped the victim, as they gave him bandages and ice for his face after the fight took place, authorities said.
The victim’s father talked with The Dallas Morning News and stated his son is deaf and he removes his cochlear implant’s processor when he sleeps.
On Sept. 30, the victim sought treatment at a local hospital and was released, according to officials.
Authorities say the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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