Four teenage African-American girls face charges of ethnic intimidation after allegedly beating a 32-year-old white woman in Pittsburgh’s North Side on Sunday.
According to police, the girls threw a bottle at the woman’s car as she drove through the intersection of Concord and Itin Streets around 2p.m. When the woman stopped to confront the girls, they attacked her.
Officers said the woman was punched, kicked in the head and face, and called a racial slur. The girls also stole her purse from the car and left her in the middle of the street.
One man reported that he had watched while witnesses ran to help the woman, and saw when the three girls were arrested by police about ten minutes later.
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He added that one witness had tried to intervene by stepping on one of the girl’s feet.
“It’s sad, but it doesn’t surprise me,” a spectator annonymously commented. “Our youth ... some of them are going in the wrong direction.”
The victim was taken to Allegheny General Hospital and treated for a concussion, and is believed to be in good condition.
The girls were taken to Shuman Detention Center and were charged with propulsion of missiles, robbery and conspiracy in addition to ethnic intimidation.
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A motive for the attack is still unclear.