DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A 16-year-old girl was beaten by another teen and a group of her older friends at a Downtown Brooklyn subway station after the two got into an argument — leaving the victim scared to leave the house alone, police and the victim's mother said.
The two girls boarded the train at the Stillwell Avenue station around 11 p.m. Sunday, the NYPD said.
Police said the attacker became “loud and boisterous,” and when the 16-year-old victim looked in her direction, the other girl asked her, “Do you have a problem?”
The victim tried to avoid the situation by moving into another train car, but the suspect followed her and the two got into an argument, police said.
The two got off the train at the Jay Street-MetroTech station, where the the suspect punched and kicked the victim in the face and body, according to police.
The victim’s mother told DNAinfo New York Thursday that the suspect was joined by a group of adult friends who participated in the beating. She said the attacker had called them while the train was still above ground and that the group was waiting for the girls at the Jay Street station.
“It was my daughter and four of her friends and the girl and two of her friends, but when they got off the train it was 10 to 15 people,” Michelle Fitzpatrick said.
She said bystanders were able to break up the fight, and that her daughter came home with bruises, scratches, and red and blue marks across her back.
Now, her daughter is afraid to step out of the house, much less get back on a train, Fitzpatrick said.
“She’s a little sore and kind of scared and shaky,” Fitzpatrick said. “She doesn’t want to take the train or go anywhere unless she’s with me or with her sisters.”
Police have released a photo of the attacker, who they described as being between 15 and 17 years old, standing 5-foot-7, weighing 140 pounds and last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a multicolored shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.