Teen charged after attack on family celebrating Fourth of July on riverfront

WREG.com | 7/5/2019 | Eryn Taylor
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A teenager was arrested and charged after police say he attacked a family out on the riverfront enjoying their Fourth of July holiday.

It happened around 8:15 p.m. in the 200 block of Riverside Drive.

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A witness to the incident told police he was up on a hill when he saw a 15-year-old boy throw fireworks into a crowd of people. The group was made up of at least two adults and several children, police noted in their report.

The firework hit a man in the group and he went to confront the teen. That's when the suspect reportedly began to assault the victim. He allegedly hit the victim multiple times in the face before three other suspects joined in.

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The woman that was with the victim told police that two members of the group then turned on her. She claimed she was also punched about the face and body multiple times.

The children were not hurt.

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Police said a 15-year-old was taken to Juvenile Court and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Police say the victims in the case are Hailey Raley and her boyfriend.

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Raley said a large group of teens, she estimates at least 40, were starting trouble on top of Beale Street landing before the big fireworks show.

"The guys were throwing fireworks down from the top of the landing on the street at cars," she explained.

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She says officers ran up the landing to get them and she thought police took care of things. But she soon discovered that wasn't the case.

"We're trying to get food at the food trucks and we just kept witnessing fireworks being thrown...
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