Police arrest fourth teen in connection with May attack on special-ed Poly student

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy who they believe is the last identified suspect in the May attack on a special-ed Poly student that sparked parent protests.

He was arrested in Torrance on Tuesday, but the boy is from Long Beach, police said. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and participation in a felony street gang and is currently being held juvenile hall.

The attack was caught on camera and posted on social media, drawing concern from parents. The victim, a student at Poly Academy of Achievers and Leaders, was punched and kicked after he ran from a group of teens who confronted him, the boy’s mother said.

Police arrested three others, including two underage boys and one 18-year-old man, a week after the May 15 attack.

Bryan Blancas, the 18-year-old, later pleaded not guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily harm, two counts of violation of civil rights, one count of dissuading a witness by force or threat and one count of battery. Police generally do not identify minors.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.