The chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says he is appalled by a weekend incident where a man with a physical disability was beaten by five young people.

According to police, the 24-year-old was heading to a movie on Friday night in Mount Pearl but was lured into a wooded area and beaten.

Reporters' requests for comment on most assault cases are handled by a media relations officer.

'All of us have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in our community.'—RNC Chief Robert Johnston

But late Monday afternoon, RNC Chief Robert Johnston felt this incident was serious enough to address reporters himself.

"As chief of police, as a parent, I'm appalled by what had taken place with this person with disabilities," Johnston said.

"All of us have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in our community."

The group allegedly responsible includes two boys and three girls between the ages of 14 and 17.

Johnston says he hopes the 24-year-old victim and his family have peace of mind that the teens have been arrested.

He's also thanking the workers at a local store who helped the man.