CLEVELAND – Police near Cleveland say they have identified five teenage suspects involved in dumping bodily fluids on an autistic teen who thought he was participating in the “Ice Bucket Challenge.”
The teens are between the ages of 14 and 17. Bay Village police chief Mark Spaetzel says evidence will be presented to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office early next week to determine whether delinquency charges should be filed.
The incident drew worldwide attention after the autistic teen’s mother found a video of it on his cellphone and gave media outlets permission to make it available online. Spaetzel says the prank happened at one of the suspect’s homes.
Comedian Drew Carey congratulated Bay Village police via Twitter on Tuesday for identifying suspects accused of dumping a mixture that included urine on a Bay High student.
“Hats off to the Bay Village PD for ID'ing the perps of that awful crime. Working now on what to do w reward $. Stay tuned and thanks :),” Carey wrote.
The autistic teen thought he was participating in the challenge benefiting the ALS Association and the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease.