THORNTON, Colo. -- The Thornton Police Department is investigating the brutal assault of two unsuspecting young men by dozens of people.
The attack sent both victims to the hospital. It happened at Woodglen-Brookshire Park about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, and was caught on camera and posted on social media.
The video shows dozens of people swarm around an SUV to punch and kick the driver identified only as 21-year-old Timmy. They also pummeled the passenger, 20-year-old Josh.
Josh was able to run away, which gave the dazed driver the chance to get out of the vehicle and eventually escape too.
Timmy had gone there to smooth things over with his ex-girlfriend. Josh had come along for moral support.
Timmy was supposed to meet her best friend to try to convince him to get her to quit contacting him.
He didn’t realize until it was too late that the meet-up was just a ploy to lure him into a fight.
“It’s the most horrifying thing. I thought I got my friend killed. I couldn’t believe I put him, or anyone, in that situation,” Timmy said.
“I was just sitting in the car getting punched, trying to protect myself. I told myself I have to get out of the car, or I could get knocked out or killed or something,” Josh said.
The men say the group known as the Vape Squad has done this before, beating up unsuspecting people who are outnumbered and posting the attacks on Twitter.
Those Twitter accounts have since been deleted now that police are investigating. But the video on Josh’s mom’s page has been viewed more than 18,000 times.
The victims and their families hope police can bring them justice by identifying and charging the many suspects.
Timmy suffered a concussion and bruised ribs, among other injuries. Joshua got two black eyes along with bruises and cuts all over his body.