One arrested in viral downtown beating

Police praise community involvement

BALTIMORE - Baltimore City Police have arrested Aaron Parsons for his role in a videotaped downtown beating that went viral.

An Alexandria, Va. man was assaulted and robbed in the 100 block of N. Calvert Street by a group of suspects on March 19.

The victim told police that he was partying at a club on St. Patrick's Day. The next day he woke up in a hotel room beaten and bruised but didn't remember what had happened.

Baltimore Police say they identified Parsons through community intelligence and help from as far away as California.

Police say as early as April 3, anonymous calls came into the station saying that they could help in identifying the suspects involved.

Detectives were able to authenticate the video and get additional photos of additional suspects and those involved through the viral video as well as City Watch cameras in the area.

Parsons was identified through his driver's license photo and an arrest warrant was issued Friday, charging him with multiple counts of robbery, theft and reckless endangerment.

Parsons turned himself in Friday evening.

Police are still searching for the additional suspects. 

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