Chicago police have arrested a second man in a brutal attack that was live-streamed on Facebook.
Donyell Austin, 23, who allegedly stomped on a man’s head while broadcasting the attack online, surrendered to Chicago police on Saturday and was ordered held without bail the next day, according to the Chicago Tribune. He faces attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges.
Last Wednesday, the same Judge who denied Austin bail, Cook County Court Judge David R. Navarro, denied bail to Dontae Decatur, who is also accused of participating in the attack as well as stealing the victim’s car and, later, resisting arrest, according to a news release by the Chicago Police Department.
Decatur, cops said, “viciously attacked and robbed” a 42-year-old man, an onslaught which “included stomping on the victim’s head as he lay on the ground,” Chicago police said.
When officers tracked down Decatur, the suspect “resisted, threatened and spit” on police, they said, adding that the 21-year-old has prior weapons and narcotics convictions.
The brutal attack happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, at a gas station, where Chicago police said the victim, along with another man and two women, had gone for a late-night snack.
Outside the station, one of the women in the group asked another group standing nearby about buying marijuana, prosecutors said.
Soon after, members of the other group attacked the four, prosecutors said. During the attack, the 42-year-old man drove toward members of the other group, intending to interrupt their attack on his companions.
But he was dragged from his car by Decatur, who stomped on the 42-year-old man’s head and body until he passed out.
Meanwhile, Austin live-streamed the attack on his cellphone, prosecutors said. He then handed his phone to another person, who broadcast Austin kicking and stomping the already-unconscious victim, prosecutors said.
Three others hurt in the melee were treated and released by local hospitals, but the 42-year-old man remains in intensive care with life-threatening injuries, including facial fractures, severe brain swelling and internal hemorrhaging, police said.
Like Decatur, Austin served time in prison, according to the Tribune. He was on parole for drug charges at the time of his arrest, according to prosecutors and state records.
[Photo: Chicago Police Department]