Florida (The Gaslamp Post) – Sanford police arrested 12 people, including children and teens, in connection with a mob beating of a pregnant woman. The brutal attack which comes almost a year after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in the same town, has many throughout the area shocked.
The fight which occurred at around 10:15 pm this past Sunday, is believed to have been part of an ongoing conflict between neighbors.
According to WKMG-TV, a six-month pregnant woman, Ashley Flournoy was attacked by a group of people Sunday night in the front yard of a home in the Daffodil Terrace area. Her mother and sister were also beaten when they tried to intervene and save the woman.
Neighbors say that one of the attackers had used a “blunt object” in the beating.
The 911 caller stated that they saw a man waving a gun to prevent anyone from trying to help the pregnant woman.
“There was a gentlemen, standing there, with a gun, waving it saying if anybody jumped in he was gonna shoot,” the woman said.
Sanford police arrested 12 individuals including 4 juveniles, the youngest being 12-years-old, who they say were involved in the attack. According to Fox35, police took into custody; Iareian Jiquel Kennedy, 18, Harry Maurice Roberts, 42, Lasheena Shawndrell Thomas, 28, Antoinette Letitia Ford, 23, Quentin Herring, 29, Javaress Reshod Barnes, 24, Arshala Lee Ford, 25, and Jarvis Jamaal Young, 20.
All are charged with felony aggravated battery on a pregnant woman.
Neighbors who witnessed the attack described it as utter chaos.
“The kids down there were with one another down there,” said Danny Hughes, a neighbor. “Then the parents got in it. Lord, have mercy.”
One 911 caller said one suspect grabbed a gun during the altercation.
“They’re down here fighting each other with guns!” said the caller to dispatchers.
“Boom. Boom. Boom,” said Hughes.”They threw something. I don’t even know what they threw. I heard the glass break. I think she got hit, and that’s when the police came.”
Another neighbor reportedly heard one of Flournoy’s attackers yelling, “I don’t care if you’re pregnant.” All but 1 of the defendants have bonded out of jail.
The public defender argued on Monday morning that Herring didn’t realize Flournoy was pregnant. The judge said Herring violated his probation. He was ordered to stay away from the victims.
Neighbors said more needs to be done.
“No, (the victims) don’t deserve that,” said Hughes. “Whatever happened, they didn’t deserve that, and we don’t deserve it neither. Living in this neighborhood; They’re tearing it up.”
Flournoy, her mother, and her sister suffered non-serious injuries and are reported to be alright.