Skateboard beating suspects charged [updated]

Viktor Silcock is in critical condition after allegedly being beaten by a group of skateboarders after confrontation in Murdy Park.

May 15, 2013|By Anthony Clark Carpio
  • The skate park at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach.
The skate park at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach. (SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Three of the four teens who allegedly beat a man nearly to death with skateboards were charged Thursday with assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury, said Huntington Beach Police Lt. Mitch O’Brien.

One suspect was released without being charged, O’Brien said.

Viktor Silcock, 25, of Huntington Beach, was allegedly beaten by a group of skateboarders Friday in Murdy Park.

Silcock is expected to survive, but he remains in critical condition in UC Irvine Medical Center’s trauma unit after sustaining blunt-force trauma to his head when a group of teenagers allegedly attacked him inside a laundromat, police said. 

According to public records, Silcock is a member of a Huntington Beach family that includes more than 40 adopted boys with special needs. The family, led by Ann Belles, has appeared on several TV programs in the past, according to Fox 11.

In the early 2000s, Belles and her family were interviewed by numerous media outlets and appeared on the reality TV show "Nanny 911," the Independent reported in 2005.


The alleged assault Friday began when Silcock's girlfriend tried to break up a fight between two groups of teens at Murdy Park Friday night, according to Huntington Beach police.

The juveniles reportedly attacked the girlfriend when she intervened, which led Silcock to step in. The teens then allegedly attacked him. Silcock fled on foot to a shopping center on the corner of Goldenwest Street and Warner Avenue.

Authorities said Silcock received heavy blows to the head after the teens followed him into Surf City Laundromat and used their skateboards as weapons. Police said there was physical evidence that indicated the attack took place there.

An eyewitness told police there were seven possible suspects, but only four were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The teens were booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall.

Police said the juveniles were on probation for other crimes.

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