A 16-year-old is behind bars today in connection with a brutal attack on two Virginian-Pilot reporters last month.
Due to his age, the teen's name is not being released, but he has been charged with throwing a missile at a vehicle, a felony, as well as two counts of simple assault by mob, destruction of property and participation in a riot, all misdemeanors.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, the assault happened shortly after 11 p.m. April 14th, at the intersection of Brambleton Avenue and Church Street.
Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami had left the Attucks Theatre after attending a concert and were stopped at a red light.
While sitting at the red light a rock was thrown at their car as a large group was passing, and when Forster got out to confront the person, he was attacked by several people. They both suffered minor injuries.
Rostami estimated the crowd to be around 100 and said 30 or so were in close vicinity to their car. Forster said he could not say how many people hit him.
At a news conference Thursday, interim Norfolk Police Chief Sharon Chamberlin maintained the department's stance that the case is not being investigated as a hate crime.
Forster and Rostami are white and said the assailants are black.
According to Chamberlin:
"At no time in our investigation or in statements taken from the victims did it appear this assault was racially motivated."
Chamberlin added that police believe only a few people were involved in the attack, saying:
"It is important to clarify that 30 people did not carry out the assault. There was a large group in the vicinity, but our investigation and the statements of the victims show that no more than a handful of people were involved."
Police said their investigation continues.