Two men and two women are being held on first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and other charges for allegedly assaulting a 20-year-old Harmonia Street woman in her flat and cutting her hand with a broken bottle early Saturday morning.
Police Officers Keith Fitzner and Anthony O. Shea, who were on patrol in the area, said they saw the suspects running from the victim’s flat after it was ransacked. They allegedly dropped a steak knife in the process.
Matthew Clark, 19, of Spiess Street; Julian D. Meadows, 19, of Keystone Street; Jasmine Breyonna McCain, 17, of Newburgh Avenue; and Ashanti Smith, 18, a Harmonia Street, a neighbor of the victim.
Fitzner and Shea said they spotted the four suspects running into the victim’s flat after allegedly breaking open her front door. Then they said they saw the four running out of that flat at about 3:50 a.m. after the victim allegedly was mugged and cut. The first-floor flat was ransacked. No motive for the attack was disclosed.
In addition to the burglary and second-degree assault charge, all four suspects are also charged with third-degree assault, harassment and criminal mischief. The victim, who was repeatedly beaten and kicked, was treated at the scene by a Rural/ Metro medical team for the right hand cut she suffered when one of the suspects slashed her hand with a broken bottle, according to a police report.