Man Viciously Beaten by Bronx Gang
By Dan Gesslein
BRONX– Police arrested a suspect in the vicious beating that left a street vendor fighting for his life.
Investigators announced the arrest of 21-year-old William Burgess of Creston Avenue. He was charged with gang assault. Police are looking for more men connected with the beatdown.
Cell phone video of the attack in which five men beat a defenseless Bronx vendor to the ground became a viral sensation. YouTube viewings have gone off the chart with viewers registering disgust that the poor vendor was senselessly attacked by five men.
Cops say the vicious beating, which left the vendor fighting for his life, was all because the merchant tried to stop the ringleader from stealing a purse. Investigators said Souleymane Porgo had caught the man trying to steal one of the purses he was trying to sell on the corner of E. 149th St. and Third Avenue. When Porgo and his brother chased the man off he threatened to return with his buddies.
The next day the would-be thief made good and arrived with four other men who began to punch and kick with no warning. Even as the vendor lay bleeding on the sidewalk, the thugs took turns punching him. The entire vicious attack was caught on cell phone video.
Then the group nonchalantly walks away as the ringleader stares into the camera eating a sandwich.
Porgo is in critical condition at Lincoln Hospital. Doctors removed a piece of his skull to reduce the swelling of the brain caused by the vicious beat down.
Cops are urging anyone with information to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are confidential.