Four teenage girls were taken to the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center on ethnic intimidation charges this weekend after police said they beat an Avalon woman and threw a bottle at her car.
Officers from the city's Zone 1 station on the North Side went to the intersection of Concord and Itin streets at the border of the city's East Allegheny and Spring Garden neighborhoods about 6:40 p.m. Sunday for a report of a fight, Lt. Shirley Sloan said.
When officers arrived, the 32-year-old victim had already left, but police found several witnesses.
Witnesses told police the white woman, whose name police did not release, pulled up to a stop sign and somebody in the group of black girls threw a bottle at her car.
"She gets out to address it, and that's when the girls jump her," Lt. Sloan said.
She said witnesses told police the four girls jumped the woman, pulling her to the ground by her hair and kicking her in the head and face before one of them stole the purse out of the woman's car and the girls left.
One witness tried to intervene by stepping on one of the girl's feet so she would stop beating the woman, Lt. Sloan said.
The woman drove to her home in Avalon, where someone called medics who took her to Allegheny General Hospital. She was treated for a concussion, Lt. Sloan said.
A motive for the attack was not clear.
Lt. Sloan said the girls -- a 14-year-old from New Kensington, a 16-year-old from New Kensington, a 15-year-old from the East End of Pittsburgh and a 15-year-old from the Churchill/Wilkins area -- were taken to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.
She said the girls face juvenile charges of robbery, conspiracy, propulsion of missiles and ethnic intimidation.