Video: 'Wilding' attacks posted on YouTube

updated 11/18/2009 5:27:41 PM ET 2009-11-18T22:27:41

Police in Minnesota have arrested two people in connection with assaults that were videotaped and briefly posted on YouTube.

St. Paul police Sgt. Paul Schnell said Wednesday that one 19-year-old man and one 17-year-old boy were taken into custody late Tuesday. They haven't been charged, and police are pursuing additional suspects.

The 6-minute video shows young males taking turns pushing people off bicycles, pushing down a jogger, and pushing young children. In one case, the attacker snatched a hat off someone's head. In another incident, the victim fought back and punched the attacker.

Before most of the assaults, the attacker looks at the camera and says "Watch this."

Police said the assaults were random.

"They simply appeared to be motivated by messing with, harming, hurting or scaring people," Schnell said.

The video was up on YouTube briefly Tuesday, then removed.

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