WEST DEPTFORD, N.J, (CBS) — A South Jersey man has been charged in connection with the viral video that shows a teenager being brutalized.
West Deptford Police announced Monday that they’ve charged 26-year-old Paul Anthony Cojocaru of National Park. They say he’s the musclebound man in a black t-shirt who can be seen on video punching, dragging, kicking, and threatening a teenager.
What precipitated the attack? West Deptford Police Chief Samuel DiSimone said they’re told the teen knocked over the suspect’s Red Bull.
“He got upset. Well, they left. This Paul Anthony and his girlfriend left, came back at like four in the morning,” he said, “and the juvenile was sleeping, and he’s woken up to getting a beating by this guy.”
In the video, the man can be heard telling the minor that quote, “I will destroy you,” and that if he goes to the cops, he will be killed.
“The most important part to me is that the juvenile is safe,” DiSimone said. “He is not in danger any longer,”
Cojocaru has been charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.
DiSimone say he posted $50,000 cash bail, and has been released pending court hearings.
The incident has also started a fire on Facebook, where a page has been dedicated to the incident.