A lady was surrounded, overwhelmed and almost robbed by a bunch of preteen youngsters as younger as 11 throughout an assault on a Manhattan sidewalk, the sufferer instructed instructed NBC New York.
The girl, who didn’t need to be recognized, mentioned she was strolling residence from work when 4 youngsters, two boys and two ladies, attacked her and tried to steal her cellphone. Now she desires to warn others to be looking out.
“It was basically a group of kids, that’s why I didn’t suspect anything when they were coming up,” she mentioned.
The incident occurred simply earlier than 8 p.m. Thursday on West twenty sixth Road close to Eighth Avenue, police mentioned. The sufferer mentioned she was strolling together with her headphones in when she observed a bunch of 11- and 12-year-olds experience up alongside her on scooters. Earlier than she knew it, one of many boys attacked her.
“He basically grabbed my hair, I had a long ponytail. It happened so fast and you don’t exect it, like it’s a kid,” she mentioned. “But then he had a super tight grip on my head and he started rolling me around. I had the phone in my hand, so they were trying to grab my phone.”
The sufferer mentioned it wasn’t till a close-by safety guard intervened when the youngsters backed off — after which tried to blame her.
“The boy stopped and then started yelling at the security guard that I had assaulted him,” the girl mentioned. She remains to be recovering from the accidents to her neck and leg.
The violent crime is a shock and a priority to the president of the close by Chelsea Tv Studios, who mentioned thy just lately put in extra lighting across the constructing after neighbors complained about an uptick in suspicious exercise. The president of the studio mentioned that many younger ladies — together with his daughter — work in the constructing, and that they wished to “take extra measures to protect them.”
The sufferer mentioned that is why she’s sharing her story: to warn others.
“I don’t want it to happen to someone else obviously,” she mentioned. “And if there is something that needs to happen to help these kids, because it’s also a sign to me that something is not going right in their lives if they do that at this age.”
Police are nonetheless on the lookout for the 4 suspects, all believed to be 11 or 12 years previous.