Posted on April 21, 2022

5 Teens Arrested in Downtown Crossing Attack of Woman Wearing Braids Part of ‘Specific Group of Violent Juveniles’

Kiernan Dunlop, Mass Live, April 20, 2022

Five teenagers arrested in connection with a Downtown Crossing attack on a woman wearing braids is the latest in a recent string of incidents involving a “specific group of violent juveniles,” according to Boston police.

A person called 911 around 7 p.m., telling police a group of 10 to 15 girls were attacking two females near the intersection of Winter Street and Washington Street, according to a partially redacted police report.

When police arrived on scene, officers said they saw about 20 teenagers in the area and were approached by a woman who “appeared to be in distress and highly animated” with a large bump forming on the right side of her head, the report states.

A witness showed the officers a cellphone video of the woman, who was born in 2002, being punched and kicked numerous times by a group of about five people who appeared to be teenagers, the report said.

The woman told police that she had been standing at the intersection when a group of girls approached her, calling her a “white b—- with braids,” the report states.

She told the girls she identified as Hispanic and started to walk away, but the woman said a girl came up and pulled her hair and then the group began to punch and kick her.