Updated 08/12/2009 10:16 PM
Teen Arrested In Pratt Student Assault
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A Brooklyn teenager was arrested Wednesday in connection with the assault and robbery of a Pratt Institute student.
Police say Eugene Adams, 16, faces assault, robbery and criminal possession of stolen property charges.
Authorities say he is responsible for beating and robbing 22-year-old Eddie Sanchez on August 4th. Sanchez has been in a medically-induced coma at Kings County Hospital since the incident.
Sanchez, a Florida native in town who was taking summer architecture courses, was attacked at Lexington and Grand Avenues in the vicinity of the college by what witnesses described as a group of five males, who beat him and stole his cell phone and wallet containing an ATM bank card and credit cards.
Earlier this week, the NYPD released video that showed images of the suspects using the ATM card at a Brooklyn bodega.
Police say Adams's identity was revealed through Crimes Stoppers tips. He lived with his sister and niece, who did not dismiss the possibility that he was involved in the attack.
"Whoever did whatever they did to that boy, I feel like they should be brought to justice. Something should be done about that," said Laurie Morris, the suspect's sister.
Adams had a prior arrest for marijuana possession, according to police. His family says he was on five years' probation and had talked about turning his life around.
"We had a talk and he said he didn't want to do anything to go back to jail. So for him to be where he's at now, it's shocking," said Kira Adams, the suspect's niece.
Sanchez's mother said in a statement through personnel at Kings County Hospital, "I want the public to know that God is with us. And please keep praying. We have faith that God will hear us and that Eddie is in God's hands."
According to the NYPD, at least two other suspects are still being sought.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.