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Allentown assault victim recalls attack

Posted: 6:20 PM, Jun 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-18 18:20:20-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Battered, bruised and traumatized, the woman seen in a now viral video being attacked on Allen Street is recalling the moments she was down on the ground, being hit by people she said she’s never met.

“I thought I was going to lose my life that day with my husband,” she said.

She’s not revealing her name because she’s afraid the people who attacked her will come after her again.

“This was evil, pure evil,” she said.

After a night on Chippewa, she and her husband were eating at Jim’s Steakout at Elmwood and Allen. Outside the window, the woman says she saw a couple people beating a person on the ground. She says after finishing her food, she and her husband went to leave, looked toward the fight that was already happening when they were approached, and attacked.

“They viciously attacked us for no reason. I begged them to please stop, and the guy just kept punching me and attacking me for no reason.”

She says she was begging for help from the Jim’s Steakout security guard or those who were standing around watching, but no one did anything.

“When I was begging him to help me, he told me ‘no one told you to go outside.”

She’s referring to one of the two security guards hired by Jim’s Steakout for Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant tells me it spends $45,000 a year on security, to guard the inside of the restaurant, not the outside. Many of the businesses, including Jim’s say Buffalo Police need a larger presence on the weekends.

“This should have not happened to anyone,” she said.

Three people were arrested by Buffalo Police for gang assault, obstruction and trespass. 27-year-old Tarrice Greer of Buffalo, 26-year-old Stephon McCann of Buffalo, and 26-year-old Deante Peoples of Buffalo have been arrested and charged in connection with this incident.

Buffalo Police have a special Allentown Detail Friday and Saturday nights. Mayor Brown says calls for service Allen have decreased in the last three years.

“Listening to the community is why detail (on Allen) was increased about a month ago,” Mayor Brown said. “We’re always looking to do more, we’re always looking to provide better police service.”