A man in Arizona has been charged with beating up two young boys, after he was the victim of a prank called “ding-dong-ditch,” in which kids ring a stranger’s doorbell, then run away before the homeowner can answer.
22-year-old Johnathan Larocque faces multiple charges, including aggravated assault after catching the kids, who are only 12 and 13 years old, and allegedly punching one of the boys unconscious.
Larocque then reportedly dragged the unconscious young boy to his garage, where he pummeled him so badly that the child suffered a broken bone in his face and a severe concussion.
“The boys were all ding-dong ditching in the neighborhood, during one of the boy’s birthday parties,” a family member of the boy who was hospitalized told Heavy.
A cousin of the hospitalized boy said he was beaten not only in the face and head, but also has bruises all over his back and ribs.
“A doctor told his parents he was amazed he didn’t have more broken bones than just in his face,” said the cousin, who didn’t want to be identified. “And the doctor said he is VERY lucky to be alive.”
Larocque is described as a 230 lb, 6’4″, 22 year old man who has had trouble with the law before. In 2016, the man faced several drug-related charges.
Larocque was already on probation at the time of the incident, which has since been revoked, according to court records.
He was booked into Maricopa County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault. Additional charges are possible pending the results of an ongoing investigation.
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