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Teens accused in mob attack claim innocence

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Shaquazz Allen and his siblings (Source: family photo) Shaquazz Allen and his siblings (Source: family photo)
Tyrone Booker and his fiance (Source: family photo) Tyrone Booker and his fiance (Source: family photo)
Jan Waddell is representing Allen and Booker and said he has evidence to prove their innocence. Jan Waddell is representing Allen and Booker and said he has evidence to prove their innocence.
Shaquazz Allen appeared in jail court Saturday morning and pleaded not guilty. Shaquazz Allen appeared in jail court Saturday morning and pleaded not guilty.
His co-defendant and cousin, Tyrone Booker, also pleaded not guilty. His co-defendant and cousin, Tyrone Booker, also pleaded not guilty.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - "This is Shaquazz last year. Him, his sister and his brother," Cheri Allen said.

A proud mother showed us family photos of her son, Shaquazz. They presented a different image than the mug shot provided by Louisville Metro Police.

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"I just need my child home. I need him exonerated, I need the truth to be heard," Allen said.

Her son, along with a co-defendant, is accused of attacking a woman and her fiancé Saturday, March 22 in front of her children during the teen mob violence in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

"They have been falsely identified, falsely accused," Allen exclaimed.

His mother says he was at one of his cousin's houses during the time the teen mob roamed and that he's a good student who had plans to join the military.

"We are a very close family. When he left here he was a child and now I don't know what he's 'gonna become because his spirits are broken," she sobbed.

We also spoke to the future father-in-law of another one of Allen's cousins, Tyrone Booker. The teens are co-defendants and face the same charges of unlawful imprisonment, criminal mischief, assault and robbery.

"He was at my house at 9 o'clock, so how he 'gonna do that? How you 'gonna be at two places at one time?" Clyde Butler, Tyrone's future father-in-law said.

Tyrone's fiance also showed us pictures. Tyrone had just gotten into college to study engineering.

"Since I've known him he always had a job, always went to school," Butler said.

According to LMPD, Allen, 18, and Booker, 19, were identified by the victim from a pack of photos. Officers expect more arrests to be made related to the flash mob violence and will not divulge what led them to these two suspects until their investigation is finished.

Shaquazz's mother says there's no proof her son is guilty.

"They're not even giving him a fair chance. He hasn't even been to trial, been judged by a jury, but he's already been convicted. His character's been forever tarnished," she said.

Both men pleaded not guilty to charges in jail court Saturday morning. A judge set each of their bonds at $25,000, saying they are a threat to the community. Their next court date is April 8.

Jan Waddell, the suspects' attorney, said neither of them have a prior record and he will present evidence to prove they were not in the area of the crime that Saturday night.

Waddell said the teens' families use tracking apps on their cell phones that tell them where their kids are at all times. He said this information will prove Allen and Booker's innocence.

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