Two sisters in Cincinnati are coming forward after they were brutally attacked by a group of women and video of the incident was spread on social media.
The disturbing video shows the sisters, aged 20 and 21, being kicked, punched, and stripped naked by the group of women in broad daylight. One bystander captured the beating on a cell phone, but during the ordeal, not one person stepped in to help.
“I feared for my life,” said the 21-year-old anonymous victim. “I just thought I was going to die right there on that ground."
Detective Tracy Jones said that one of the attackers, Kianna McMeans, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. A second woman, Jakeda Phillips, is currently wanted by police.
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“You see the video of two females getting stripped down naked, basically humiliated out there and beat to a pulp,” said Jones. “As you can imagine from the video, they have significant bruising about their face and body. They felt like they had been humiliated out there in public. It is very brutal. As a police department, we don’t stand for that. We're trying to get these people into custody as soon as we can.”
The two victims claim that the night before, they had gone out to a dance club with McMeans. The suspect was allegedly assaulted while they were out, and after that incident, she accused the two victims of failing to stick up for her. The next morning, McMeans arrived at the sisters’ door with a group of girls.
“All the girls started punching me in my face and pulling my hair,” said the 20-year-old victim to WLWT. “They dragged me down to the ground and ripped my dress off of me and dragged me out of the house and beat me and kicked me in my face. I was very, very, very humiliated that I was out there without no clothes on and everybody was just standing there looking at me. Nobody would give me a telephone to use. They didn't care if they killed us, the way they were stomping my sister in the head. They didn't care what happened after that."
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Authorities say that the group of women stole the sisters’ purses, wallets, and cellphones. The value of those items in total is reportedly $1,100. Police are still on the hunt for Jakeda Phillips and hope that the community will help them find the other suspects shown in the video.
Photo source: WCPO Cincinnati