New York police arrest two more teens from McDonald's attack video

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Posted: Mar 14, 2015 1:45 PM

(Reuters) - New York City police have arrested two more teenage girls on charges related to a beating and robbery of a young woman at a McDonald's restaurant that was captured on video that went viral, a police spokeswoman said on Saturday.

Police in New York had already arrested 16-year-old girl in connection with the attack, while a fourth was arrested on Friday in Atlanta, the New York Police Department spokeswoman said. She said she had no further details on the Atlanta arrest.

The two-and-a-half minute video was posted on YouTube and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. It shows a group of girls punching another girl as a cheering crowd encircles them at a McDonald's in Brooklyn on Monday.

The young woman attacked at the McDonald's falls to the ground and is kicked and stomped.

New York police on Friday arrested 17-year-old Tilani Marshall and a 15-year-old girl whose name is not being released because of her age. They face charges of robbery and gang assault in the second degree, the police spokeswoman said.

On Thursday, police arrested Aniah Ferguson, 16, on the same charges, the police spokeswoman said. Police have described her as the suspected leader of the attack.

Ferguson's attorney could not be reached for comment on Saturday. It was unclear if the most recently arrested girls had legal representation.

Ferguson did not enter a plea during a court appearance on Friday, and her bail was set at $500,000, according to local media.

Marshall and the 15-year-old girl arrested in New York were expected to go before a judge on Saturday, local television station CBS2 reported.

A 15-year-old girl believed to have been involved in the attack was arrested at an airport in Atlanta when officers took her off a plane bound for Jamaica, sources told New York radio station 1010 WINS.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)