Police: Video of assault posted online

Aug. 14, 2009 at 12:52 PM

ANCH, Alaska, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Police in Anchorage, Alaska, say a man and woman videotaped their alleged assault of an American Indian and then posted video clips online.

Police Lt. Dave Parker said Anchorage residents Robert Gum, 19, and Deanna Powers, 20, are facing assault and harassment charges in the downtown incident, videos of which appeared on YouTube, the Anchorage Daily News said Thursday.

"Apparently they were targeting a native individual," Parker said of the incident, the date of which was not reported. "They found him and he became the object of their ire."

The two YouTube video clips allegedly posted by Gum and Powers have been removed after police learned of the clips from an Aug. 5 tip.

Police allege the video clips show Gum and Powers taunting the unidentified man before kicking him and throwing water bottles and eggs at him.

Parker told the Daily News the attack victim, who reportedly is shown in the clips not fighting back against his assailants, did not report the incident or seek medical treatment.

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