‘Nobody Called 911’: Bystanders Take Selfies, Rob Unconscious Woman
After a woman was punched and kicked, witnesses robbed her while she was unconscious in Pennsylvania.
Surveillance footage captured the assault, which took place a month ago near Pittsburgh, CBS Pittsburgh reported.
A man walks up to a woman before kicking her leg and punching her in the face, knocking her out. The man then walks off and doesn’t return.
A young man walks up to the unconscious woman, looks at her body, and then records her via his cellphone. Several more people, who also appear young, do the same.
The video can be viewed below (Warning: potentially graphic content):
ICYMI: HORRIFIC: A #Pittsburgh woman knocked out cold on a busy sidewalk. Instead of getting help, groups of men come by and take videos of her, rob her, even take selfies. Meanwhile NOBODY CALLED 911. KDKA-TV EXCLUSIVE: https://t.co/kQSQqrO7Vu pic.twitter.com/w9F21IAwyW
— KDKA (@CBSPittsburgh) October 27, 2017
Another person is then seen bending and picking something up from near where she lay. Officials said that it was the woman’s cellphone.
“They don’t treat animals like that. They wouldn’t treat a dog that way,” the victim’s mother told the network. “It’s disgusting. My daughter needs help.”
A source who provided the footage added to CBS Pittsburgh: “They didn’t help her. They took what looks like her phone while she’s out cold. Nobody called 911 to help her.”
The group came back, and one of them got on the ground and took a “selfie” next to her, the report said. The woman ended up lying on the ground on the sidewalk until she woke up.
The unconscious victim has a history of arrests, mostly drug offenses.
“She’s lying there like somebody just hit a deer, she’s lying there on the side of the road,” Dr. Neil Capretto, of Gateway Rehab, said. “It’s like a sideshow in a circus. This is a human being.”
Capretto said she was admitted to the facility where he works.
“They deserve to be helped. I, as a physician, this is my oath to help people who are sick. She’s sick and she needs help,” said Capretto.
Her mother told CBS that the woman is now doing well after entering rehab.
Police say they have leads and might know who the assault suspect is.
According to the FBI’s statistics, violent crime is increasing in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.
In 2016, 2,866 violent crimes were reported in Pittsburgh. In 2015, 2,167 were recorded by the agency. There were 100 rapes in Pittsburgh last year, compared with 82 in 2015. Meanwhile, there were 1,000 robberies in 2016, as compared with 858 in 2015. There were 57 murders in 2016 and 57 in 2015.