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Friday, February 6, 2009

MARTA mugging victim fights back ... now on YouTube

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 6:59 PM

First there was "Soulja Girl." Now, meet "mugging gone wrong."

A video in which a young man in a MARTA station appears to turn the tables on a would-be mugger is the latest slice of drama to hit YouTube. Early in the morning on May 3, 2008, a station security camera captured the following footage (I've loaded the victim's video of the event, which includes his comments):

After the jump, some details about the video.

According to a MARTA spokeswoman, transit police received a call from the victim several hours after the incident. She says they were able to arrest the suspect by the end of the day. UPDATE: According to the Fulton County District Attorney's office, the would-be mugger was sentenced on Feb. 4 to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation. As part of his sentencing, he must serve the full sentence. He will be released on May 3, 2018. Upon his release, he will be prohibited from loitering in MARTA stations. The other man in the video who approached the mugging victim after the scuffle has not been apprehended.

CL has contacted the young man who appears in the video, who asked not to be identified. The young man, who says he suffered some scraps and bruises from the scuffle, says he was on his way to the airport to start his summer break from school. MARTA, he says, is his only mode of transportation and that he's used the transit system since the incident. He says he originally posted the clip just to share with friends. Since then, however, it's been posted on message boards and sent via e-mail and started to go viral. A duplicate video of the incident, with comments from the young man, has been added to YouTube.

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