City Manager Charles Theofan’s statement emailed to Shaun early was: “There was NO gun or any weapon involved.” But that’s not what we keep hearing. I just received the following message from one of our readers:
Message: This was posted on LB 411 this morning by the victim’s girlfriend (you wrote that BeachHouse removed their post) but (name withheld by seabythecity) had put it out there earlier. I hope they get these guys and I hope we have more police presence it’s very unnerving.
(name withheld by seabythecity)
Please Read, I don’t post often but this needs to get out…Long Beach people be careful of running on the boardwalk at night. My boyfriend was running right past the Aqua and was jumped tonight by 8 guys at 9:40pm, he had a gun pointed at him, and was taken to the hospital with head injuries and just returned home. I’m soo disgusted with people but thankful that he is ok
I took a screenshot of the actual post taken from Long Beach 411, a Facebook group.
So, what is it City of Long Beach? Are you trying to hide something from us? Because the above story posted only 5 or so hours after the attack sounds a lot different than what you told us. This is no joke. Our safety is at stake here.
Charles Theofan: The reality is that a male jogger was mugged at 10:20 PM at Lincoln Blvd. by 5 teenagers, one of whom punched him in the head knocking down, he might have lost consciousness momentarily. The ran off and he realized they had taken his iphone. There was NO gun or any weapon involved. (City Manager Charles Theofan Comments on the Boardwalk Beating).