On November 19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington, during rush hour, a seventeen year old teenager named Jessica was attacked by a pack of girls before a busload of passengers. The only person who intervened was her boyfriend. The attack was captured by bus surveillance video.
The King County Sheriff's Department has launched an investigation into the attack and identified the five girls responsible for the incident. The girls ages range from 15 years to 19 years and are "baffled" by the incident. ABC News interviewed Sargent John Urquhart from the Sheriff's Department and he stated: "I'm shocked. The video is shocking to look at. The ferocity, the intensity, the unprovoked nature. But what shocks me most is that these girls thought they could do this on a crowded bus with adults and do it with impunity."
The bus driver was the only person to call 911 following the attack. The girls insisted that Jessica's boyfriend had stolen a cell phone from them despite his pleas to the contrary. The girls grabbed Jessica's MP3 player and then attacked.
Jessica offered to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV: "Basically, I was turned around [and] one of the girls hit me from the back. I turned around to ask, 'Hey, what are you doing?' and then three of the other ones started hitting me." Jessica then screamed to her attackers twice "I'm pregnant," and one of the attackers responded: "Nobody hit her in the stomach."
Jessica suffered an injury to her eye that required stitches. Her unborn baby is fine.
Urquhart reported to ABC three of the five girls have been detained in a juvenile detention center, with one being monitored with an electronic bracelet. The 19 year old, identified as Ayana Cain faces second degree assault charges. The four minors face felony robbery charges.