Brutal, 'nauseating' beating at riverbank caught on camera

Brutal, 'nauseating' beating at riverbank caught on camera
X-ray of victim's face showing broken nose (provided by victim to WIS)
X-ray of victim's face showing broken nose (provided by victim to WIS)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's a scary, shocking video that the Columbia Police Department now says is evidence in an assault investigation. On Monday, CPD announced three young women have been arrested for teaming up to attack a 20-year-old woman just about two weeks ago along the Saluda River near Candi Lane.

The brutal video is almost nauseating to Ramy Williams, a friend of the victim.

"One's kicking her, and she's completely helpless. It's just really hard to watch," Williams said. "The other one was just wailing on her face, wailing on her head, you know, on the back of her head. It definitely could have killed her."

A police report says the victim was lounging on the river with a co-worker when a mob of girls attacked her. The report says one pulled the victim by her hair before throwing her to the rocky ground. It says members of the mob slapped her, pinned her down, and repeatedly beat her, while unknown men videoed the assault.

"Seeing the aftermath was just insane: the way that she had blood all over her face, two black eyes, you can tell that she's completely messed up in the face," Williams said.

The victim suffered a concussion and broken nose.

CPD has now arrested and charged the three girls accused of beating the 20-year-old victim.

Arlinda Craft, 18; Anns Leigh Hill, 19; and Megan Williams, 20, are charged with second degree assault and battery by a mob.

"Justice needs to be served. I think they all need to be locked up, and I think they need to get what's coming to them," Williams said.

Meanwhile, the victim is doing better physically but not emotionally.

She said the attack was unprovoked, but she knows the suspects. The report says they've had previous difficulties.

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