GILBERT, Ariz. – A teenager in Gilbert, Arizona, has been indicted on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, following an incident outside an In-N-Out restaurant. Christopher Fantastic, 18, allegedly punched another teen while the victim was on the ground, according to Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. The victim’s father reported that his son had to be taken to the emergency room after the attack and was later sent overseas to live with his mother due to safety concerns.
During Fantastic’s initial court appearance, a representative for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office stated that the August incident was a planned attack, allegedly done in retaliation, but unrelated to the case of 16-year-old Preston Lord, who sustained fatal injuries during a Halloween party. This has brought attention to the prevalence of teen violence in the East Valley and the group known as “Gilbert Goons.”
Fantastic was arrested again for allegedly being involved in a separate “vicious attack” near Val Vista Drive and Southern Avenue, which occurred a few months after the In-N-Out incident. The altercation involved up to 40 juveniles and young adults, with a video capturing the incident and assisting investigators in identifying the individuals involved in the assault. The victim of this attack told investigators that he felt the attack was pre-planned and that he was in no position to defend himself.
The Gilbert Police Department is now investigating at least nine incidents related to teen violence, as Mitchell noted that Fantastic’s arrest is unrelated to the case of Preston Lord. This ongoing issue has sparked concern and discussions within the community about how to address and prevent such acts of violence.
These incidents shed light on the impact of teen violence in the area and have prompted authorities to take measures to address and deter such behavior in the future. It remains a pressing concern for residents and law enforcement as they work towards ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.