Emeryville, CA – A group of teens beat an off-duty California Highway Patrol (CHP) trooper unconscious after he tried to help a woman who was being assaulted by a member of the group (video below).
The incident occurred at the Bay Street Mall at approximately 8 p.m. on Nov. 29, the Emeryville Police Department (EPD) said in the video release.
According to investigators, the female victim said she had been robbed of her cell phone earlier in the day, so she returned to the mall to confront a group of teens she believed was associated with the suspect.
But when she demanded that her phone be returned to her, “the group became aggressive with the victim and began to assault her,” police said.
Security footage showed a male in a white sweatshirt and red hat as he shoved the petite woman multiple times.
An off-duty CHP trooper spotted the in-progress assault and intervened, then began secretly snapping photos of the suspects, KTVU reported.
One of the juveniles realized what he was doing, at which point the group turned their attention towards him.
The video showed the teen in the white sweatshirt as he threw his hat onto the sidewalk and attacked the trooper.
As additional teens jumped into the fray, the off-duty trooper pushed his attackers away and ran out of the camera’s view momentarily before the group cornered and surrounded him.
“I know that when I let him go, he's going to swing at me. And I let him go,” the trooper, identified only as Greg B., told KTVU. “I push him and sure enough, he turns around and swings at me. I back up and that's when one of his friends came up behind me and struck me in the back of the head."
They repeatedly kicked and punched him before they tackled him to the ground, the video showed.
The trooper was also choked to the point of unconsciousness during the violent assault, the EPD said.
When he regained consciousness, he managed to pepper-spray one of the teens who was still attacking him, police said.
"It was a melee. It was chaotic. It was a really scary situation," Greg B. told KTVU. "It should have never gotten to this point."
EPD arrested a 14-year-old male and a 16-year-old male on charges of battery causing serious injury and assault by means likely to create great bodily injury, according to The Mercury News.
Six juveniles are still at large, KABC reported.
The woman’s cell phone has not been recovered.
The inured officer ultimately drove himself to a local hospital for treatment, KABC reported.
He suffered bruises, a broken finger, and a concussion as a result of the attack, he told KTVU.
"I think this just came down to me not being able to look away and let this happen," the off-duty trooper and former San Quentin Prison correctional officer said. "I saw this young lady and she was going to be in a very bad situation."
Although he was armed at the time of the attack, he never drew his weapon, KTVU reported.
“There was a lot of restraint that had to be practiced at that point,” he admitted.
You can watch security footage of the off-duty trooper’s encounter with the teens in the video below: