New video shows juveniles attacking woman in Downtown Crossing

NewsCenter 5 has received video from a woman who was the victim of a violent assault in Downtown Crossing that led to the arrest of five minors.According to a police report, the incident happened Monday near the intersection of Washington and Winter streets.In the report , Boston police said they were already responding to an assault and battery at the Macy’s in the area when they received reports of a huge fight with a group of about 20 teenagers in the street.The video shared with NewsCenter 5 by the 20-year- old victim shows five juveniles beating her and kicking her while she is down on the ground. Boston police said one of the assailants is as young as 12 years old. Investigators said the woman who was assaulted told them that she was targeted because of her hairstyle.”That was baffling, honestly. It was incredible to see that because I’ve never seen any type of thing like that in my life, ever,” said Julie Mendez, manager of the nearby City Smoke Shop. Mendez said she ran outside in an attempt to help the victim.”It was crazy,” she said. “They were trying to take her bags, so I was trying to grab them so they wouldn’t take her bags. It was just insane.”Monday’s assault in Downtown Crossing is just one of several incidents to have happened in the area, according to the police report.The report stated that last month, four juveniles assaulted an 81-year-old man at the McDonald’s restaurant on Washington Street.Police stated in the report that three young people recently shattered the storefront window at the Silvertone Bar & Grill when they tried to order alcohol and were denied service.Ibrahim Ibrahim, owner of Black Seed Café & Grill, said his restaurant was also the scene of a fight.”They’re looking for trouble everywhere,” Ibrahim said.Other violent incidents have happened in downtown Boston over the past several days. Two men were shot outside the Royale nightclub in Chinatown early Sunday morning, while two women were stabbed in the Theater District early Wednesday morning.”Any time there’s an uptick in crime in the area, Boston police will respond with resources in that area,” said Boston Police Deputy Superintendent James Miller. Downtown business owners like Ibrahim hope that the increased police presence will make a difference. “It’s not safe. It’s not clean. It’s not good,” Ibrahim said. “I hope someone can do something about it.”

NewsCenter 5 has received video from a woman who was the victim of a violent assault in Downtown Crossing that led to the arrest of five minors.

According to a police report, the incident happened Monday near the intersection of Washington and Winter streets.

In the report, Boston police said they were already responding to an assault and battery at the Macy’s in the area when they received reports of a huge fight with a group of about 20 teenagers in the street.

The video shared with NewsCenter 5 by the 20-year-old victim shows five juveniles beating her and kicking her while she is down on the ground. Boston police said one of the attackers is as young as 12 years old.

Investigators said the woman who was assaulted told them that she was targeted because of her hairstyle.

“That was baffling, honestly. It was incredible to see that because I’ve never seen any type of thing like that in my life, ever,” said Julie Mendez, manager of the nearby City Smoke Shop.

Mendez said she ran outside in an attempt to help the victim.

“It was crazy,” she said. “They were trying to take her bags, so I was trying to grab them so they wouldn’t take her bags. It was just insane.”

Monday’s assault in Downtown Crossing is just one of several incidents to have happened in the area, according to the police report.

The report stated that last month, four juveniles assaulted an 81-year-old man at the McDonald’s restaurant on Washington Street.

Police stated in the report that three young people recently shattered the storefront window at the Silvertone Bar & Grill when they tried to order alcohol and were denied service.

Ibrahim Ibrahim, owner of Black Seed Café & Grill, said his restaurant was also the scene of a fight.

“They’re looking for trouble everywhere,” Ibrahim said.

Other violent incidents have happened in downtown Boston over the past several days. Two men were shot outside the Royale nightclub in Chinatown early Sunday morning, while two women were stabbed in the Theater District early Wednesday morning.

“Any time there’s an uptick in crime in the area, Boston police will respond with resources in that area,” said Boston Police Deputy Superintendent James Miller.

Downtown business owners like Ibrahim hope that the increased police presence will make a difference.

“It’s not safe. It’s not clean. It’s not good,” Ibrahim said. “I hope someone can do something about it.”

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