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Police: Attackers videotape beating of homeless man

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• Police: A man and two teen boys taped themselves beating a homeless man
• The man and one of the teens are still at large
• The video was discovered by woman whose camera was stolen, recovered
• Video contains dramatic details of brutal attack, police say
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CNN) -- Authorities are looking for a teen and a man accused of videotaping themselves beating a homeless man in Corpus Christi, Texas, police said Friday.

Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy who they say also took part in the attack, which police Cmdr. David Torres said took place February 8.

Torres said one of the juveniles who appears on the video narrates what they're about to do before the attack. "After the narration, two of the kids take off running, full speed, and one of them just drop-kicks the homeless man with both feet on the guy's back."

"They actually grab him and flip him around to film his injuries," Torres said. "And I'm telling you, the way they filmed it -- the closeness -- they put it together where you can tell it was planned out."

A woman first alerted police about the disturbing video, Torres said, after she recovered her camera, which allegedly had been stolen by the 16-year-old boy. When she got the camera back, she discovered video of the assault and called police, according to Torres. "She was appalled," he said.

"The homeless man is OK," Torres said. "He had a concussion and he still has injuries that he sustained from that attack." Police would not identify the victim, who was treated at the scene of the attack and released.

Torres said the video provides dramatic details of the attack, including the victim's reaction. "You can see in his face complete surprise, like 'What happened to me?' because he's attacked from the back," said Torres. "He doesn't even know these guys are there."

The videotape is being held as evidence and would not immediately be released, Torres said.

Police said they were looking for a 16-year-old boy and the adult suspect in the attack, who they identified as Cody Lavender, 22.

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