WND, May 13, 2014
A family of eight, “just enjoying their Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah,” were savagely attacked by an unknown number of blacks in an assault that left several family members injured, including a 6-year-old girl who was “punched in the stomach.”
A report from WTOC-TV said the attack on eight members of a family visiting from Atlanta happened in downtown Savannah on Saturday night.
Family members said they had finished eating dinner in a Savannah restaurant and were walking along River Street.
According to a crime report from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department posted on Facebook, an officer described responding to the family of Rob Gray, his brother-in-law and others.
“All of a sudden,” the police report said, “a black male and a black female forcefully walked through his [Mr. Thomas’] family bumping into him and the small children in his family.”
“Thomas then advised that he then said something to the black male about his actions. He then explained that the black male then stopped and turned around and charged at him and assaulted him. Mr. Thomas then advised that several more unknown black individual[s] came from behind and attacked his family including the children. Mr. Thomas advised that he does not know how many people were attacking him and his family, but they ran off after the assault,” the report said.
Police said in their report that they contacted Roberta La Branche, Owen Thoma[s], Julia Thomas, Noa Thomas, Savannah Gray and Sara Thomas, who reported they were “OK.”
“I then noticed another injured family member of Mr. Thomas that had a left swollen eye. I then walked over to make contact and asked him his name. He replied, ‘Rob Gray,’ and he appeared to be upset due to the incident. … [He] advised that he was held down and was punched in the eye.”
One of the victims posted an account on Facebook.
“In order to escape further attack we rushed into an ice cream/candy store which was merely 10 feet away from where the incident took place on the Riverwalk. Our attackers stood out front in a mob, waiting for us. The shop owner, yelled at us that he didn’t need any of this in his store to hurt his business.”
WTEV-TV said the visitors from Atlanta were “just enjoying their Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah.”
“I took a punch to my eye and cracked my orbital,” Rob Gray told the station.
“I was grabbed by the back of my head at a full run and he smashed my head into the car and I hit the ground,” said Jim Thomas. “This is a violent, malicious attack on a family of eight people.”
He told the station his wife was attacked, too.
“There was a man holding her by the nape of her neck, with her hair and dragging her,” he said. “My 6-year-old daughter was punched in the stomach by an adult.”
Gray said the incident was “devastating.”
“My family the whole way back was, ‘Daddy we thought you were going to die. We knew they were going to kill you.’”