Roaming Mob Of Teens Caught On Tape Attacking Kentucky Family (Video)
A random attack on a Kentucky family who had stopped at an intersection in downtown Louisville was caught on camera.
The attack occurred on Saturday, March 22, and Louisville Metro Police have since arrested four young men in connection with the violence.
The woman in the vehicle, Viola Loeffler, was pulled out and punched in the face, with the blow knocking her unconscious. That same night, the mob attacked a 13-year-old, attempting to take her shoes, and then beat up a 40-year-old man who protected her.
There were 31 calls to police claiming the mob looted a store, vandalized cars, and assaulted passersby, according to Police Chief Steve Conrad.
Within two hours, there were 20 criminal incidents reported.
"This is like something out of a movie," Loeffler said. "I've never seen something like this before."
Around 8 p.m., she and her fiancé and five children, all under the age of 12, were stopped at an intersection.
"Right before we got to the stoplight, we noticed about 50 to 100 teens coming to the middle of the street. It was a one-way street, so we couldn't go any further. All of a sudden, one of them throws a garbage can on our car," she told KTVL.
Her fiancé, Ron Carter, got out of the vehicle to see what was going on.
"Then all of a sudden, I'm getting attacked," Carter said.
"At that point, I jump in the driver's seat and heard them throwing rocks at my car,” Loeffler said. “The rocks were hitting the kids inside the car."
But she says she couldn’t drive away without the risk of running one of the teens over.
"The boy comes out of nowhere, punches me in the eye, knocks me out," she said.
Somehow, the family managed to escape and take refuge at Bader’s Food Mart until police arrived.
"One of my kids is going to have to, she needs counseling," Loeffler said. "She's been having nightmares these past few day, waking up shaking and crying. There needs to be better guidance for these kids around here. I'm very glad that we're alive."
Authorities say up to 200 teens were involved in the spate of mob violence on March 22.
Police believe it was sparked by the stabbing death of a 14-year-old earlier this month.
Shaquazz E. Allen, 18, and Tyrone D. Booker, 19, were arrested Friday on assault, unlawful imprisonment and criminal mischief charges. Police previously arrested 18-year-old Je'Rece M. Archie and a 17-year-old friend on illegal weapons charges.
Allen’s mother says her son and Booker are innocent.
"They have been falsely identified, falsely accused," Cheri Allen told WAVE 3.
She says her son was at a cousin’s house on March 22. Booker’s soon-to-be father-in-law says Booker was with him that night.
"They're not even giving him a fair chance," Cheri Allen said. "He hasn't even been to trial, been judged by a jury, but he's already been convicted. His character's been forever tarnished."
Booker and Allen were both identified by Loeffler from a book of suspects.