4 teens charged with ethnic intimidation in subway attack

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Four teens are accused of ethnic intimidation and other charges in what police said was a racial attack on a city subway.

The teens, who range in age from 13 to 16, are Black and police said they targeted four Asian American students from Central High School.

Video posted on social media showed the teens on Wednesday yelling at three students when a fourth stepped in and told them to stop, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said. The suspects attacked her, banging her head against the subway doors and hitting her as she lay on the floor.

Nestle said she was “was a hero” and did not not suffer serious injuries.

“There is no indication at this point that there was any provocation on the part of the victims,” Nestel said.

The four were charged Thursday as juveniles with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, criminal conspiracy and disorderly conduct. Their names were not released because of their ages.