A routine school bus drop off for a New Windsor mom turned into a nightmare when she says she was attacked by a group of teenage girls. Our Eva McKend spoke with the woman and has more on how the violence is affecting the community on Ledyard Street.
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- "My daughter bus is coming and when she start to walk, I feel something pull my hair and put me on the floor, but I never think that three little girls attack me because I’m living in this town almost 10 years and never happen, something like that," said Paola Neri.
Residents on Ledyard Street say three girls, two 13-year-olds and one 12-year-old, were looking for trouble when they saw them wandering around their neighborhood. They were told to go away but left and then returned only to beat a mother at a bus stop as she was dropping off her child for school.
Neri said, “So when she throw me, the other two girls start to punch me and later don’t remember. I don’t know why three girls attack me because they don’t have any reason for doing it.”
"All I see, they just wanted attention. All they wanted was to fight somebody or to hit somebody," said Randy Martinez, a Ledyard Street resident.
"They had no direction that day, like they were up to no good. That’s what triggered me to get out of the car and say something to them," Ledyard Street resident Lou Amos said.
Police quickly found the girls in a nearby apartment and say they denied the allegations at first, but then confessed at the station, describing what they did as "mobbing" and "popping," bullying and beating someone at random.
"Mobbing and popping is a new term, however, incidences of gang related or other people beating people up have occurred. What they did was cold and callus. We are concerned that other kids may think this is something fun to do and we are definitely going to be monitoring it," New Windsor Police Sergeant Steven Sager said.
The 34-year-old mother of three is left feeling unsafe in her own community.
"I don’t have car. I walk all the time from Newburgh. Now, I can’t do anymore because I’m not safe. I think that’s not safe," Neri said.
The suspects were charged with gang assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. They will have to appear in Orange County Family Court.