Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On December 4, 2023, the Missoula Police Department announced that they are investigating a vicious assault that occurred on the night of December 1st in the 1400 block of Van Buren St. According to Public Information Officer Whitney Bennett, a male juvenile victim was lured into a home where he was subjected to a brutal assault by six suspect juvenile males. 

“Videos of the assault have been circulating on social media platforms,” Bennett said. “We strongly urge the public to refrain from participating in the dissemination of these videos. Instead, we ask for your cooperation in preserving the victim's dignity and privacy. If you possess reliable information relevant to the investigation, we implore you to come forward and contact our Detective Captain Eddie McClean (406) 552-6332.” 

Bennett said the Missoula Police Department is taking swift action to address this incident.  

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“Three male suspects are currently in custody, and this ongoing investigation may lead to additional arrests,” Bennett said. “Our dedicated team of investigators, in collaboration with the County Attorney’s Office, is working tirelessly on this case. We take this matter very seriously and are working diligently in an effort to hold those responsible, accountable for their actions. This violent act has no place in Missoula, and the Missoula Police Department is committed to ensuring our community remains a safe and inclusive space for all.” 

Bennett also mentioned that the Missoula Police Department condemns this heinous act and is committed to bringing those responsible to justice. 

“We want to express our unwavering support for the victim and their loved ones as they navigate the aftermath of this traumatic incident,” Bennett said. “If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Missoula Police Department at (406) 552-6300 or to report anonymously at Crimestoppers (406) 721-4444. Together, we can ensure that Missoula remains a place where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued.” 

KGVO will provide more information about this incident when it becomes available.  

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