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Teens charged with attempted murder after injured man found in garbage bin

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A 23-year-old man is in critical condition after he was found in a garbage bin in the 500 block of Spence Street this morning.

The man suffered from multiple injuries to the upper body and is believed to have been hanging out with a group of people before an altercation occurred, according to police.

The group may have been drinking alcohol at the time of the incident, and the role alcohol played in the assault is being investigated.

A 17-year-old male and 15-year-old female have been arrested and both are charged with attempted murder. The suspects are believed to have known the victim, according to police.

Manik Gurung said his mother heard sounds coming from the garbage bin in which the victim was found at around 8 a.m. today. "She saw the man in the garbage, like, face and t-shirt," said Gurung, whose family settled on Spence Street after emigrating from Nepal.

Gurung’s mother called his brother and told him what she saw so he could call the police, explained Gurung.

"She was very frightened and she called my brother because she doesn’t speak English. My brother called the police."

Florencia Marquez lives on Isabel Street, and her backyard faces the garbage bin. She saw the body in the bin this morning while standing at her back door.

"Well, they have this stretcher and then put it under, and they have him rest up on it," said Marquez. "And I said, probably he’s still alive because he isn’t pale," she added.

All suspects are believed to have fled the scene after putting the man in the bin. Police continue to investigate.


Updated on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM CDT: photo added

2:26 PM: added second arrest

4:31 PM: added comments from area residents

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