Two teenagers accused of beating and robbing an autistic man in a mall parking structure in Rolling Hills Estates pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Torrance Superior Court.
Alexander Bell-Wilson, 18, of Rolling Hills and Korey Oscar Benjamin Streeter, 18, of Long Beach each face charges of second-degree robbery and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury stemming from the March 22 incident, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Streeter was in jail in lieu of $80,000 bail, while Bell-Wilson remained out on bond, a court clerk said.
The March 22 incident was captured on video and posted online, authorities said, catching the attention of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies investigated and arrested the two men at their homes on April 11.
Bell-Wilson and Streeter were allegedly seen beating the 18-year-old victim in one video. In another, the victim was told to strip to his underwear in front of a group of people in the parking structure of the Promenade at the Peninsula.
The two defendants allegedly took the victim’s phone, prosecutors said. The three knew one another, prosecutor Lindsay Kurtis said in a statement released this week.
If convicted as charged, Bell-Wilson and Streeter face a maximum sentence of five years in state prison, prosecutors said.