The 14-year-old had been savagely beaten in a random attack in McLean by the middle school, in the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
The first suspect is 6 feet tall, weighting 180 pounds. He had shoulder-length, curly, red hair. The second suspect was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds, with dark brown hair. They were driving a beige or gold Subaru Forester and are still at large.
The parents have added their own funds to the crime solvers reward. Call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). As always, callers never have to give their names or appear in court. Callers may remain anonymous.
Keep a look out -- a Forester is made on a car frame so it's smaller than most SUVs. Older Subarus are boxier than the new model.
The victim had just stopped to tie a shoelace and was about 20 feet behind his friends when two teenage boys jumped out of a parked Subaru Forrester in a nearby church parking lot and ran up behind the victim. According to police, the two suspects kicked and punched the victim, knocking him to the ground. They continued to strike him as two other male suspects watched from the car; one suspect videotaped the incident. All four suspects fled in the car, police said.
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We'll be on the lookout for a Forester. And a guy with long, curly red hair.
This is a quiet neighborhood street and I'm sure the last thing parents here worried about is a drive-by beating.
Reports say the video tape was unlikely made by these guys to prove themselves for a gang initiation (I can't imagine how beating up a 14-year-old by a group of young adults proves worthiness for anything) but the video was more likely created as part of a growing and scary YouTube craze to make video of assaulting a stranger that is being called "happy slapping."