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Teens plead not guilty in Chula Vista taco shop beating case

Posted at 1:31 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 20:54:48-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Two of the teenagers arrested in the beating of a 16-year-old inside a Chula Vista taco shop pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Kent Pasunting, 18, and Aldrin Uy, 19, were arrested Wednesday along with four juveniles. Pasunting and Uy both pleaded not guilty Thursday. All six suspects in the case were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.

The beating was captured on cell phone video and posted on social media by the teen’s mother.

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The family says the teen, Paul Martin, was waiting for his mother to pick him up after school at Cotixan Mexican Restaurant on April 11 when a group of teens walked in and began kicking and punching the 16-year-old.

The violent video shows someone on the ground being kicked and punched before someone throws a chair on the teen, who suffered a fractured left wrist.

Paul’s father says everything began to unfold days earlier, when he claims his son told someone to stop harassing one of his friends on Instagram. That’s when the teen’s father says someone started messaging his son, threatening to beat him up.

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At a Wednesday night rally against bullying, the 16-year-old said he thought he was going to die.

“It was horrifying. I thought I was going to be dead any second. I thought I was going to pass out and they were going to keep on kicking me until I stopped breathing. It was scary, but I’m just glad it's over,” Martin added.

At the rally, held outside the eatery where the beating took place, the family asked that people step in if they see someone else getting hurt.