Police arrest 3 in assault on Facebook video

Published 7:49 pm Thursday, July 13, 2017

GULFPORT (AP) — Authorities have arrested three people in connection with a sexual assault that police say was shown in a live video on Facebook.

The Gulfport Police Department said Thursday that 17-year-old Kadari Fabien Booker, 17-year-old Ezzie Johnson and 19-year-old Haleigh Alexis Hudson were arrested this week on charges of sexual battery and kidnapping. Sgt. Joshua Bromen said both 17-year-olds were charged as adults.

Chief Leonard Papania said officers responded late Tuesday to an assault report and learned a 23-year-old woman was sexually and physically assaulted.

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The chief said Wednesday that the video was removed from Facebook but a copy was reposted and received about 48,000 views.