The four were taken into custody Wednesday after the video was uploaded to YouTube.
“If you commit an act of violence in the city of Chicago, you will experience the full weight of the Chicago Police Department,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference. “Tonight, four individuals have felt the consequences of their actions.”
CPD press conference regarding disturbing live social media video depicting a battery ; victim was tied up https://t.co/jDrjfz4sJV
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 5, 2017
Authorities said the victim knew at least one of the suspects from a school in the suburbs, according to CNN. He may have voluntarily gotten into a van with the group, but police are considering kidnapping charges.
According to the press release, Tanishia Covington has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Brittany Covington and Cooper face the same charges, and also face residential burglary charges.
Hill faces the same charges as well as robbery and residential burglary charges, according to the press release.
It is unclear at this time whether the defendants have retained attorneys or entered pleas. They are set to appear in court Friday afternoon.