An investigation is underway after a couple was allegedly attacked by a group of teenagers at a carnival in Northeast Philadelphia.
A woman, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 she was attending the annual Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church Carnival on the 9000 block of Old Bustleton Avenue Friday night with her two sons, ages 4 and 5. She was waiting for her husband to pick them up when a group of about 20 to 30 teenagers approached her and began attacking her, according to police. The woman said a teen girl punched her and knocked her over and other teens continued to hit her.
“I was kicked and hit by both teenage boys and girls and my phone was stolen all while my kids watched and screamed asking them to stop hurting their mom,” the woman said.
Police say at least one of the teens also hit the woman’s husband in the back of the head when he arrived.
“I was scared,” the woman said. “I was looking at my kids crying. I was trying to fight my way out but I couldn’t because they were all screaming, ‘Kick her in the face.'”
The woman said her husband suffered a gash to his head and other injuries.
“I have two black eyes,” her husband said. “A small cut underneath my eye. Numerous lumps and abrasions all over my head.”
She told NBC10 she has attended the carnival for years and even went to school at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She believes the annual carnival needs more security.
No arrests have been made in the attack and police continue to investigate. They have not yet released a description of the suspects.
An organizer for the carnival released a statement saying they were unaware of the incident the woman described.
“In the impromptu gathering of the church committee, police officers and our company, neither the officers hired for the event nor the officers that responded to the incident had mentioned anyone coming to them describing the incident reported,” he wrote.
The organizer did confirm however that there was a fight that occurred around 9:20 p.m. Friday involving several girls.
“When the fight was broken up, the girls went in different directions on the church grounds,” he said.
The organizer said another incident then occurred a short time later in which a group of four to five children ran through the ride area of the carnival looking to fight with someone.
“Once that group of kids started running, many of the teenagers there, thinking it was a fight, started running as well,” the organizer wrote. “The large group went across one side of the midway towards the street, gathered there for about 5 minutes. The same group that started it, ran back through the food area and across the midway to the opposite street. Again, the large group following them followed, increasing in size.”
The organizer claims the second incident did not lead to a fight however and he’s unaway of any other fights that security guards and police officers had to break up other than the initial fight between the group of girls.
“At the time of the first large movement of people, additional officers were called,” he wrote. “When the crowd made the 2nd transition across the midway, the carnival was closed and the police officers very effectively cleared the grounds by 9:50.”
The organizer said the number of police officers and security personnel would be increased for Saturday night. They also closed earlier than the scheduled time of 9:30 p.m.
The Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church carnival is a week-long event that takes place every May. The event raises money for the Parish. In 2012 two teens were stabbed during an attempted robbery at the carnival, according to police.
Published at 6:10 PM EDT on May 20, 2017 | Updated 59 minutes ago