PUEBLO, Colo. - Two teen boys were arrested in Pueblo after detectives say a video of a sexual assault involving a young girl was posted to Facebook.
“The video is graphic, very graphic. It's an unfortunate incident and it’s being looked at because of the seriousness of the offense," said Sgt. Eric Gonzalez with the Pueblo Police Department.
The Pueblo Police Department special victims unit says it was made aware of a Facebook posting Thursday, which depicted the rape. Less than 24 hours later, police were able to identify two juvenile male suspects.
Both suspects were taken into custody at separate locations at 2 a.m. on Friday in a Pueblo east side neighborhood.
On Facebook, the caption on the post reads: "This is what we do out in the east side. Make this viral.”
“There may be some gang affiliation, but it’s still part of the investigation," Gonzalez said.
Special victims unit detectives are still investigating those who may have posted the video to Facebook for potential charges. Anyone who still has the video can be charged with possession of child pornography, and if you share it, distributing child pornography.
Police haven’t said who posted the video first, but say it was shared and viewed thousands of times before someone finally contacted them.
“Our officers are working with Facebook and every time it pops up were shutting it down but were sending out a warning to individuals and everybody that if you have the video, get rid of it," Gonzalez said.
Locals say they are shocked and disturbed by the news.
“I think that’s terrible. I mean you wouldn’t think it would happen. That’s horrible, terrible," said James Tafoya, a Pueblo resident.
“That's not right. I think kids should stand up for each other not stand against each other," said Dianne Dreda, another Pueblo resident.
Detectives with the special victims unit, Pueblo Police Department narcotics unit, and the FBI safe streets task force are investigating the incident. More charges and arrests are possible.