‘I was attacked by a group of teenagers’: Akron woman tells story of park assault

AKRON, Ohio --  The Akron Police Department is investigating the assault of a woman who witnessed a group of juveniles fighting in a park and then was attacked after they saw her.

It happened at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot on Wallhaven Circle near Hardesty Park. Police say 27-year-old Colleen Anderson was sitting in her car when she saw a large fight involving male and female juveniles.

“All these kids started coming up next to my car; they were screaming, yelling, and then a brawl ensued next to my car within arm’s reach,” she said.

Anderson told FOX 8 she called 911 and told the kids she was going to record them when they started getting too close to her car.

The group saw the woman on her phone and approached her car. That’s when, police say, they began kicking and hitting her car. The woman opened her car door to yell at the juveniles, and they pried it open.

“Next thing I know one’s coming up to me punching me in the face; someone else is taking my phone, and other kids are jumping in at that point and are just punching me repeatedly and kicking me,” she said.

Police say the woman was assaulted by several males, and a female took her cell phone.

People who live nearby say they’ve seen fights like this at the park before.

“I’ve seen very large groups gather very quickly, come from out of nowhere and they are just fighting like all of a sudden like a fight breaks out,” said one neightbor.

Anderson says a neighbor found her phone and a BB gun in a front yard a few streets away from the park.

“I don’t want this to happen again or to happen to anybody else in my neighborhood or my park; I think they need to be held accountable no matter what,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at (330) 375- 2490.