What's the difference between Ethnic Intimidation and a Hate Crime?
PITTSBURGH — Three teenage girls are facing several charges, including ethnic intimidation, after police said they brutally beat a 32-year-old woman Sunday in Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Investigators said the incident happened around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Concord and Itin streets.
According to police, the girls threw a bottle at the woman’s car, and when she stopped to confront the girls, they attacked her.
“It’s sad, but it doesn’t surprise me. Our youth …,some of them are going in the wrong direction,” said one resident who did not want to be identified.
Officers said the woman was kicked, punched, robbed and left in the middle of the street. Police said they also called the victim a racial slur.
Witnesses ran to help the woman and one man said he watched as the three young black girls, ages 14, 15 and 16, were arrested.
“About 10 to 15 minutes later a bunch of cop cars came up and put them all in the back seat of the cop car,” the man said.
The victim was taken to Allegheny General Hospital and is expected to be OK.
The girls were taken to Shuman Detention Center and charged with ethnic intimidation, robbery and conspiracy.