CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Local journalist Quintin Washington of ‘Quintin’s Close-ups‘ was assaulted while walking in downtown Charleston on Tuesday.
According to Washington, the incident happened near King and Market Streets around noon.
Washington said that he was speaking on the phone with a friend as he passed some juveniles riding bikes. Washington made a comment to his friend about how the kids should be in school, which apparently offended the kids.
As Washington continued walking, he says that the kids followed him, shouting insults. He began filming, at which point Washington says one of the juveniles rode up to him and knocked his iPhone out of his hands.
The situation escalated, as Washington recounts, with the juveniles throwing rocks at him, and eventually swinging at him.
A report from the Charleston Police Department states one of the juveniles was wearing a tie-dye t-shirt and the other was wearing a black shirt, which can be identified in the video provided to News 2.
According to the report, the juvenile in the tie-dye shirt began to throw numerous closed fist punches, striking Washington in the face while the other individual continued throwing rocks.
A witness told police he observed Washington being attacked and attempted to intervene. Once he was able to separate the parties, the witness stated that the two kids got on their bicycles and left the area.
The report states Washington did not have any visible injuries and did not want medical assistance.