A 19-year-old girl was reportedly the victim of an unprovoked attack on a Chicago CTA Blue Line train.
On the morning of April 28, DePaul University student Jessica Hughes was riding the train on her way home from a morning class, WGN TV reports. According to Hughes, after a large group of people exited the train, a man moved to the seat in front of her.
"He jumps up from his chair, and goes on top of me, and asks me for my phone, but my phone was in my pocket, and I had my headphones on, so he was yanking at my headphones, and then he pushed me to the floor, and then started beating on my head," Hughes told WBBM. "He bit me on my left hand."
A woman who was with the man allegedly punched Hughes in the nose, causing it to break, according to WGN TV.
Hughes called out for help from other passengers on the train, specifically two men standing nearby, but they did not come to her aid.
"They just watched," she told WBBM. "I feel like people just don’t want to get involved."
The man and woman did not manage to get Hughes’ phone before they ran off the train, WGN TV notes.
The attackers were caught on surveillance footage, and police are investigating.
"I'm just hoping everything they need is on that video," Hughes said. "And they're able to get those people that did this to me."
The man and woman were both African-American and in their mid-20s, she said.
Hughes’ father, Richard Amador, said the lack of action taken by the passengers on the train was "shameful."
"Definitely, I would jump in and help, no matter what the consequences, because it’s another human being," Amador told WBBM.
Hughes said it will be difficult for her to ride the train again.
"I just pray that they find these animals," Amador said.