York, PA - York City Police say they are still trying to unravel what led to the beating of a Springettsbury Township teen last week, as the boy's father asks police for justice.
Johnathan Salcedo, 19, a senior at York Suburban High School, suffered a concussion after he was punched, kicked and stomped by 10 to 15 males on Friday night, said his father, Frank Salcedo.
The injuries he suffered kept him out of school this week, Salcedo said.
Johnathan -- a college-bound scholar-athlete -- said he attended a party in the 900 block of Vander Avenue and was beaten when he tried to prevent a mob from going after people he knew.
Police arrived and took a report, but that did not satisfy Salcedo, who said that just after the assault, he could see his son's assailants and pointed them out to police.
"I don't feel like they did much," Salcedo said.
But York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said that, based on reading reports on the
"We have two variations of what occurred that evening that we're trying to flesh out," Kahley said Thursday. "It may not be happening in the timeframe the father might like, and I appreciate that, but we have to figure out which of the two stories happened."
Johnathan, soft-spoken and bespectacled, spoke at his Springettsbury Township home Tuesday about what happened.
He said he and his younger brother were at a non-alcoholic party for a boy they knew who is going away to college.
"Everything was fine, no tension at all," Johnathan said.
As they left the party, Johnathan was going to give a friend a ride home, but the friend's items were in another car parked nearby.
"While we were at the car, this group of kids came up," he said. "They were from the party; I didn't know any of them personally."
The group tried to get inside the car, where some of Johnathan's friends were. Johnathan found himself between the group and the car, and he tried to quell the situation.
"I'm not here to fight," he said he told them. "I'm not trying to start anything."
He said he turned and started to walk away, but someone struck him in the back of the neck.
"That's when everybody started hitting me," he said.
Somebody grabbed his shirt from the back, pulling it over his head, and he fell. They began kicking him while he was on the ground.
"It was a good 10 to 15 people; they kind of surrounded me," he said. "I couldn't get away."
A woman ran over, pushed her way through to Johnathan and put herself on top of him to get the group to stop.
"They were still kicking while she was on top of him," Salcedo said.
Salcedo, a former correctional officer who now works for the federal government, said police interviewed both him and Johnathan this week.
"My son wrote a statement; he can identify four of the guys," he said. "I don't care if we get all 15 of them, but if we get one, two, three of them, that's enough for me."
Salcedo said he will continue to push police to investigate. "I'm not going to let this get swept under the rug," he said.
Johnathan said that, although he has cuts and bruises, emotionally he is intact.
"It's going to take a lot more than that to deter me from my goals," he said.