FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police are looking for the people who came to a woman’s aid early Monday morning, after she said a man was attacking her at the Villages of Hanna Townhouses. The attacker, now a victim himself, is in critical condition after the group beat him unconscious.
According to police, the woman was walking through a parking lot at the Villages of Hanna Townhouses when a man jumped out and grabbed her. She screamed for help and several people came to her aid.
When police arrived around 1:30 a.m., they found the man beaten with severe head injuries and the people who helped get the attacker away were gone. The attacker was taken to the hospital and at last check, listed in critical condition.
Some people in the Villages of Hanna Townhouses had differing opinions about what took place earlier in the morning.
“They shouldn’t be punished. They should not be punished because he should never have put his hands on that woman,” said Colenisha Upchurch.
However, police said where the group went wrong was not calling 911 first.
“Upon hearing cries for screaming, the first thing you want to do is get us on the way. So, every officer in that quadrant and I can guarantee 1:35 in the morning, officers are available and they’re coming,” said Michael Joyner, spokesperson for the Fort Wayne Police Department.
Officers said numbers were in the woman’s favor and the extent of the beating wasn’t necessary, even if immediate action was required.
“You have to make that decision based upon your observation, but more importantly, get us on the way, we’re equipped to handle these types of situations,” said Joyner.
The woman was not harmed and a rape did not take place.
According to police, she was not familiar with the man.
Police want the group who helped this woman to come forward, so they can talk to them.
It’s up to the prosecuting attorney’s office to determine what actions, if any, will be taken.