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Firefighters beat up man for handing out candy to kids

By Mason White 11:27 AM December 9, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Two firefighters were arrested on a charge of assault after allegedly beating up a man for handing out candy to children, police in California said.

Los Angeles police said that they have arrested 38-year-old Eric Carpenter, 37-year-old Michael Anthony Vitar, and 45-year-old Thomas Molnar, after they were accused of beating the victim on the street for giving candy to neighborhood children.

All three defendants were charged with one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. Carpenter was also charged with inflicting great bodily injury.

Carpenter was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $60,000.

Vitar and Molnar were booked into jail, and bail was set at $30,000 each. If convicted, Carpenter faces up to seven years in prison, while Vitar and Molnar face up to four years in prison.

According to the police investigation, Carpenter, a Los Angeles firefighter, was hosting a party on Saturday, attended by Vitar, also a firefighter, and Molnar, a neighbor.

The three allegedly became upset when the 22-year-old victim who was visiting his grandmother in the area, was handing out candy to kids as he walked down the street.

After chasing the victim down the street, the three suspects jumped on him. They then allegedly forced the victim to the ground before Carpenter choked him.