Two arrested in videotaped fight at O.C. grade school

An 18-year-old Orange County man faces assault and battery charges after allegedly kicking a boy in the head and knocking him unconscious in a melee captured on video.

The incident took place at a grade school in the upscale city of Ladera Ranch in south Orange County.


Robert Valentin Ayala was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault and battery with serious bodily injury, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He also faces an enhancement due to great bodily injury.

In a video posted on Facebook by a group called Ladera Ranch No Bullying, a person witnesses have identified as Ayala is shown joining an ongoing fight between two minors on an athletic field at Chaparral Elementary School.

In the video, the person can be seen kicking the victim in the head before the original participant punches the victim eight times in the body.

The victim appears to be motionless during the attack.

The man identified as Ayala is then seen performing a wrestling move known as a "leg drop," jumping in the air and landing on the victim's face, authorities said.

The Ladera Ranch No Bullying group wrote on Facebook that both assailants attend San Juan High School.

The victim, whose age was not available, suffered a concussion and has little recollection of the fight, the anti-bullying group said.

Ayala, who is being held on $50,000 bail, is due in court July 15 for a pretrial hearing.

The second alleged assailant, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, was arrested but has not been charged, authorities said.