Earlier this month, a family of 10 was visiting Baltimore’s picturesque Inner Harbor when suddenly a large mob surrounded them and beat them without provocation — think of it as a group-effort knockout game. The family wasn’t identified, but they spoke to local news about the ordeal.
“They swarmed us,” a female victim said. “They hit my husband in the head. They knocked him out and then it was just complete bedlam.”
The family was visiting from New Jersey on October 21 during the crowded Baltimore Marathon weekend. The victims ranged from grandparents to grandchildren, according to WJZ.
“They punched my nephew in the face and knocked him to the floor,” the woman added. “My sister went to protect her son, and they were kicking her. I was kneeling with my husband screaming ‘Somebody help us, why is nobody helping us?'”
This was a white family, but the local news report only described their attackers as “a large number of teenagers.” Police spokesman T.J. Smith had nothing further to add about the “juvenile” suspects’ description other than, “It’s always groups of them. Someone in that group starts it, and that’s what we saw in this situation.”
Similar attacks have been carried out this year:
In March, a group followed a man downtown, hurling insults, which quickly escalated into a physical assault, and a rapid scattering by the attackers. The same technique used last week when two bicyclists were robbed and beaten by a group.
The first incident was captured on video of a group of young black children, the youngest in middle school, attacking a white man in broad daylight in downtown Baltimore:
Smith said the police department is aware of the continued targeting of individuals and called the behavior “disrespectful” and “stunning.” But so far, no suspects are in custody and because of their juvenile status, can’t be identified — not that police or the media are doing any better at reporting any identifying features of these thugs.