GILBERT, Ariz.The Gilbert Police Division is digging deeper into the so-called “Gilbert Goons” gang and the rising concern about teen violence locally.

GPD simply introduced they’re reopening 4 felony instances. No less than a type of instances entails a 16-year-old who was overwhelmed at an In-N-Out restaurant’s car parking zone in Gilbert close to Williams Subject Highway and Market Road.

This assault and theft occurred on August 18. It is the rationale why Richard Kuehner withdrew his son from faculty to dwell together with his mom abroad. Kuehner says it isn’t secure for his son to stroll out in public.

A number of occasions led up to date Kuehner’s son was attacked to start with of the varsity 12 months. It first began out together with his son receiving threatening messages on Snapchat from somebody he did not know.

“They have been fairly violent. Some had photos of a gun pointed at him and, you recognize, threatening manners and stuff like that.”

Kuehner says he notified his son’s faculty instantly after which the Chandler Unified Faculty District.

“Every week after that, the identical youngsters that have been threatened they usually confirmed as much as my home. They knew the place I labored. They knew what automotive I drove. They knew the place I lived. In order that they confirmed up at my home threatening me and my son.”

On Aug. 18, Kuehner says his son drove to the In-N-Out and was attacked within the car parking zone.

“He pulls his automotive up and a white pickup truck comes with a bunch of children within the again. Ten of them soar out and begin attacking him.”

Kuehner’s son suffered inside kidney injury and blood might be seen popping out of his mouth. His Nike footwear have been additionally stolen.

“This has been an hour that evening that occurred with the police officer going by way of my son’s cellphone. And we went by way of each message they’ve simply to see if, you recognize, perhaps my son instigated one thing or not. We could not discover any connection or something. He does not even know these youngsters.”

No person was ever arrested for this assault.

“I used to be actually feeling like there was no hope,” mentioned Kuehner. “They gave me a case quantity. I attempted following up with them. Nothing. They by no means actually gave me a solution.”

4 months later, GPD reopened this case. Every week in the past, police launched pictures of the kids believed to be concerned on this assault. They’re asking for help in figuring out them.

“I am grateful that it is open and we’re making some progress. However I am additionally annoyed as a dad or mum that one thing did not occur sooner. If any of those youngsters are the identical youngsters that attacked Preston [Lord] and they’d have completed the fitting factor, perhaps Preston could be alive at present. So I attempt not to consider that,” mentioned Kuehner.

Kuehner does not know if the “Gilbert Goons” group is answerable for the assault.

“I moved to Gilbert as a result of it was ranked the most secure metropolis in Arizona and the second most secure metropolis in america. And so they had the most effective faculty. So you recognize, that was the rationale I got here right here. So for this all being uncovered may be very disheartening. And I am simply amazed that nothing’s occurred sooner.”

Kuehner says after the assault, he despatched his son abroad for security. Thus far, he is spent $15,000 on medical payments for his son.

Police haven’t linked this assault to the attack on Preston Lord or different instances involving teen violence within the East Valley, however they’re nonetheless investigating.

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