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YouTube: Maybe Not the Best Place to Conceal Video Evidence of Your Crime

There you have four juvenile delinquents near the Blue Sky Motel in Pompano Beach, in a scene that could have appeared in The Clockwork Orange. They're harassing some poor homeless guy. The Broward Sheriff's Office turned up this video during its investigation into the vicious beatings in Oakland Park in which one man was killed and another badly injured. Apparently, one of the kids in the video above was a suspect in those Oakland Park beatings.

Two of the four -- 19-year-olds William Sleight and Brandon Edwards -- are already in custody. BSO is looking for 19-year-old Nicholas Bakum and his friend, whose first name is Brad.

After the jump, I've posted the BSO news release along with the video's second half, in which the delinquents carry the homeless man, James Cunningham, down the street.


The BSO release:

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives saw the two videos called "Beating Up a Crackhead," parts one and two online. They discovered the recorded assault during their investigation the April 2009 attack of two men, Craig Cohen and David Villanova, in Oakland Park. One of the teens in the video was once a suspect in the Cohen and Villanova beatings.

The first video lasts two minutes, 34 seconds, and the second lasts one minute, 14 seconds.

The apparently intoxicated and physically unstable Cunningham repeatedly asks his assailants to leave him alone. They continue to taunt him, laughing and joking during the attack, slapping him in the head, pushing him on the ground, grabbing his arms and legs and carrying him down Southeast 5th Street.

At one point, one assailant turns to the camera and says, "You got this?" His friend with the cell phone responds, "I got everything, bro." Cunningham, who was not injured in the attack, never reported it to law enforcement.

Brandon Edwards and William Sleight have been arrested. Detectives are looking for Nicholas Bakum and are asking for the public's help identifying the fourth person involved. On the video, he is wearing dark shorts and a dark hat with no shirt.

Anyone with information about this crime can report it to the BSO Aggravated Felonies Unit at 954-786-4300 or report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-TIPS or online at

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Thomas Francis