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Police investigate alleged assault

Police investigate alleged assault

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:01 pm

Police are investigating the alleged assault of three women by several people early Sunday at a Union City establishment.
The incident allegedly occurred about 2 to 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Shenanigan’s at 2127 Phebus Lane.
According to a Union City Police Department report, Amanda A. Brooks, 22, of 672 College St., Rives, told police she was dancing and bumped into another girl. She claimed the girl started “mouthing” and calling her names. She said she decided to leave and, while in the front door, she was jumped by an unknown number of people.
Ms. Brooks told police that club employees had let her go out the side door, but she had to go back inside to get something.
Police said there are no known suspects other than 10 to 15 black men and women.
Police reported Ms. Brooks had bruising to her face, arms and side and she sought medical attention about 8:15 p.m. Sunday after refusing medical attention at the scene. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City personnel told police Ms. Brooks had come to the emergency room earlier Sunday and refused treatment there also after they told her she could not smoke, according to the report.
In a related police report, police responded about 3:50 a.m. Sunday to the local hospital’s emergency room to speak with Ms. Brooks’ mother, Cathy Hailey, 47, of 1126 North Highway 51 South, Troy, who said she had also been assaulted at Shenanigan’s.
Ms. Hailey told police several black women jumped her daughter and she attempted to get them off of her. She alleged that when she went to help her daughter, the suspects jumped her and began kicking her and hitting her in the head. She did not know any of those involved.
Ms. Hailey had visible injuries to her facial area, police reported.
In addition, police responded to the hospital emergency room just before 7 p.m. Sunday to speak with Kathleen J. Collier, 50, of 804 North Division St., Union City, about her alleged assault at Shenanigan’s.
According to the police report, Ms. Collier said she was at the club about 2 a.m. when a fight broke out and she was struck by several different people. Police said from the way she described the fight, it appeared she was not the intended victim but was in the way of other people and may have been struck by accident.
Ms. Collier said she did not know anyone involved and she alleged the club’s ownership did nothing to stop the fight.
Police reported they asked Ms. Collier why she waited 17 hours to seek medical attention. She explained she had past surgeries and she just wanted to go to her daughter’s home to see if she could get better on her own. She was complaining of injury to the back of her head, left elbow and back area, according to the report. Published in The Messenger 10.4.11

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