Crime

Group of Fresno boys robbing and beating homeless people, police say

A group of boys who rob homeless people and other vulnerable victims in gang-style beatings is being tracked down by police in southeast Fresno.

Lt. Mark Salazar said charges have been filed against six juveniles. The attackers range in age from 12 to 14 and call themselves “The Goers.”

Salazar said there are 20 to 30 boys in the group. The six arrested face charges of robbery, attempted robbery and conspiracy.

Many of the boys attend Fresno Unified schools such as Sunnyside High, Roosevelt High and middle schools in the southeast. He said their activity has expanded from beatings to street robberies.

The boys have taken cellphones and money and in at least one instance published a video of a beating on social media.

“I felt really bad for the victim,” Salazar said after seeing the video.

During attacks, members of the group sometimes shout, “We’re Goers!,” Salazar said, adding that police don’t know the origin of the name.

One of the boys posed on social media with a rifle, he said.

The lieutenant said the group many have been inspired by relatives in southwest Fresno gangs.

He said police want to get a handle on the behavior before members evolve into adult gang members.

“This is a critical time for all these kids,” he said.

Jim Guy: 559-441-6339

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