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Two men and juvenile pose as news crew, use stun gun on victims

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A representative from Taser International fires the latest X26 stun gun during the Police Federation Conference at Winter Gardens on May 16, 2007. (Ch...

A representative from Taser International fires the latest X26 stun gun during a Police Federation Conference. …

Two men and a juvenile were arrested in Cleveland after posing last Saturday as a TV news crew and then using a stun gun on victims. According to WKYC, the suspects recorded the attacks on a video camera.

One victim told police that the group approached him and asked for an interview. When he refused and walked away, they used the stun gun on his neck.

It is unclear exactly how many people were attacked. Similar incidents were reported to police earlier in the week. It wasn't until a witness called the police about an attack in progress that law enforcement apprehended the suspects.

Police examined the camera used to record the attacks and discovered additional suspects, whom they're now pursuing. The attacks were also caught on several different surveillance cameras.

When asked why they were zapping strangers with a stun gun, one of the suspects told police they were doing it for fun. Two of the suspects, Derek Rowell and Herbert Solomon, face felonious assault charges. The third suspect was not identified because he is a juvenile.

The use of stun guns in crimes is apparently on the rise. In a 2012 article from The Columbian, Vancouver crime analyst John Laws said the stun gun is "becoming more and more common as an item."

Easier to acquire than hand guns, stun guns have been used in robberies and attacks across the country. Laws regarding their legality vary state to state.

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