CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said investigators are searching for a second juvenile they have identified as a possible suspect in one of a string of weekend assaults in downtown Charleston.
The juvenile, who was not identified, is believed to have been involved in a purse snatching.
Mullen told reporters Thursday afternoon police believe Jordan Hall, 17, was the leader of the group of approximately 16 who initiated at least two of the incidents late Saturday night into Sunday morning.
There were a total of eight victims in a string of incidents and Mullen said the people responsible are believed to be between 13 and 17 years old.
Hall is facing two counts of second-degree assault and battery by mob in connection with an assault late Saturday night near Morris and Coming Streets and a second assault a short time later near Vanderhorst and Coming Streets.
Investigators say approximately 40 juveniles left a teen's birthday party held at the YWCA and split into three groups, but that it isn't clear, yet, whether the other two groups is responsible for any of the assaults.
Mullen also said the assaults are not connected with riots and protests in Baltimore and other cities following the death of Freddie Gray, who died after being severely injured while in police custody. He also said they did not appear to have any connection to the shooting death of Walter Scott in North Charleston.
More arrests are possible, Mullen said, adding that his department is working with the solicitor's office and said subpoenas for witnesses are a possibility.
Anyone with information about any of the weekend incidents should contact the Charleston Police Department at (843) 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.