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Three charged in reported VCU mob attack

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

VCU Police say they have arrested two brothers and a teenager who punched a man, then went up to a VCU student and punched him two times before stealing cigarettes.

VCU Police called it a mob attack and now they say they finally have charges against the primary people responsible. They say they got information leading to the trio through tip lines and anonymously, but they say all that information came after they released surveillance video to the public of the reported mob.

Zachary and Adam Wallace are said to be part of the mob that attacked two men. Both have been charged with assault or battery by a mob. A 17-year old was also charged with robbery in the reported crime.

"These were individuals that crossed paths with two victims," said Chief of VCU Police, John Venuti. "It was just a group unaffiliated with VCU in this area walking down the street with bad intentions."

Those bad intentions left two people injured and police determined to find out who would attack perfect strangers. They even offered a reward for information leading to an arrest.  

"The problem you have at VCU is there's 50 thousand sets of eyes on anyone who comes down here with bad intentions and for the individuals that were involved in this assault," said Venuti. "It was just a matter of time before we figured out who they were."

In addition to those eyes, police say there are several security cameras sprinkled across campus. VCU Police say cameras were critical to capturing crystal clear images to help them figure out who these suspects were. They say these cameras are all over campus, not always in places you might expect or see.

"We did a lot of work looking at the different camera angles here trying to get the best shot of the individuals here," said Venuti. "Obviously when you put someone's picture on TV, someone's going to call and let you know who the person is."

And with those pictures on TV, VCU Police say that's exactly what happened. The tips came rolling in and Tuesday they had enough information to make three arrests.

Initially, police were looking to identify all 15 people. They say the investigation continues, but they think they got the main suspects.

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