Teens charged after attack on young woman with special needs in Windsor recorded
Rachael D'Amore, CTV Toronto
Published Friday, November 11, 2016 3:27PM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 11, 2016 6:42PM EST
Four teens who confronted and attacked a young woman with special needs in downtown Windsor have been charged with assault.
The incident unfolded on Wyandotte Street East near Pillette Road in downtown Windsor on Nov. 8 and was captured in a video that was ultimately posted on Facebook.
In the video, two females approach the 19-year-old victim and proceed to shove and punch her repeatedly. At one point, the victim is thrown to the ground and cornered by her two attackers who begin to taunt her for crying.
Though not seen on camera, other people can be heard on the video laughing and encouraging the attack.
The video, which quickly spread on social media, prompted widespread backlash from enraged viewers who retaliated with threats against the assailants.
Police in Windsor confirmed Friday that four Windsor teens – a 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man – have each been charged with one count of assault.
The three teens cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Windsor police told CTV News Toronto they would not disclose the name of the 19-year-old suspect, either.
Windsor police have advised residents to avoid contacting the individuals believed to be involved in the case as the Windsor Police Youth Crime Branch is also investigating.
The distraught mother of the victim told CTV News Windsor on Thursday that she is hurt that bystanders didn’t try to help her daughter.
“I don’t understand why nobody stopped,” she said through tears. “If I was driving by and saw something like that, I would stop and maybe try to do something.”
The mother, who does not want her family to be identified, said her daughter is doing fine. She said her daughter is actually more concerned about her attackers, who are now dealing with relentless – and sometimes aggressive – criticism on social media.
Amanda Moorby, a close friend of the victim, told CTV News Windsor that she was the first person the victim called after the attack.
“My phone range and I answered. She was crying and she said, ‘Amanda, some girls hit me, they threw me up against the wall,” Moorby said.
“I hope they get the help and direction they need to make better choices and I hope they learn from their consequences.”
Moorby said the victim has since been ‘overwhelmed’ by support -- much of it coming from strangers.
“There are people who have offered gift cards, flowers… all kinds of stuff. She’s really feeling the love, she’s happy.”