DOVER, N.Y. – A pair of 17-year-olds who drove to Oniontown after a series of YouTube videos portrayed the hamlet as a run-down, backwoods dump were pelted with rocks by an angry group of young residents, authorities said.
The teens, from Mahopac, N.Y., about 30 miles south of Oniontown, were recovering from their injuries. State police troopers arrested a 17-year-old from the tiny community Thursday and charged him with criminal mischief for taking part in the assault. The investigation is ongoing, and additional arrests were expected, police said.
State police investigator Eric Schaefer said it wasn't the first time out-of-towners were attacked by local residents. "My advice is simple," said the investigator, "If you're not a resident of Oniontown, stay away."
In one YouTube video posted in May called "Oniontown Adventures," three boys with foul mouths supposedly drive up to the town. While there, they mock the poverty they find — giggling at the garbage strewn along the streets and the abandoned cars in the front yards of trailer parks. They tour the area, with one person in the backseat filming, and spew nasty epithets about Oniontown residents. Other videos with different people on camera similarly depict the community within Dutchess County as the brunt of jokes.