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Richmond public housing complex brawl: ‘Once she hit me, all hell broke loose’

Posted at 6:50 PM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-26 15:44:05-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police have made an arrest after one victim says "all hell broke loose" when a violent fight broke out Sunday night involving a family who lives in Mosby Court, one of Richmond's notorious public housing complexes.

Richmond police said Thursday that they have arrested one juvenile female. Officials also said that detectives will make additional arrests as they continue to review video to ID others involved in the incident.

Detectives arrested a female teen Wednesday. She was charged  with one felony count of inciting a riot and three counts of misdemeanor assault, but officials said more charges are pending.

CBS 6 obtained this cell phone video posted on Facebook that shows fighting between a group of people in Mosby Court around 7 p.m. along the 1900 block of Redd Street.

"We should be able to come out on our #$@$#*& porch," said one resident who spoke with CBS 6 on the condition of anonymity. "I should not be a prisoner in my own damn home,"

"They bank people. They don't fight one on one -- and they're out for blood," the woman said.

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CBS 6 News reporter Sandra Jones spoke with one of the victims through the screen door now fearing for her family's safety.

She tells CBS 6, this incident is the result of an altercation her daughter had with two girls before a fight broke out.

"They jumped her. And my daughter came home, and she told me she got jumped," the woman said.

But then she and her husband made the mistake of confronting the group of kids, according to the victim. When they thought the situation was over, those kids showed up at their front door.

"I came out. I said listen we don't want to fight. We don't want to do this. Just go ahead it's over," she said.

However, the woman said that a girl in the crowd refused to leave and kept asking for her daughter.

"And she hit me," the woman said. "Once she hit me, all hell broke loose."

The woman said at least five girls attacked she and her daughter. Then her husband jumped in to try to break it up, but he was beaten up too.

"They tried to beat him to every inch of his life," she said.

According to the victim, her son was traumatized by the violence.

"He's got to watch his mom, dad and sister get beat like that," she explained. "Do you know what type of pain and sorrow my child is going through right now? "

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The woman said Richmond police were responding to another fight in the complex.

"When the Housing Authority police were working, they were here a lot faster," said the resident.

Now, that family is planning to move and hopes to see more officers in the area.

"Because when somebody calls, they're not getting there in time. We could've lost our lives."

Richmond police said they have strong leads in this case and that those individuals will face aggravated assault charges.

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RRHA released this statement to CBS 6:

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) is cooperating fully with the Richmond Police Department (RPD) in gathering details regarding an altercation caught on video among juveniles and adults. According to information received from RPD, the incident occurred Sunday evening (Sept. 21) on the 1900 block of Redd Street.

“RRHA is vehemently opposed to violence in our neighborhoods and is deeply disturbed by this unfortunate occurrence,” RRHA CEO Adrienne Goolsby said. “Lease enforcement remains a top priority and action will be taken as stated in the lease.”

RRHA’s focus remains on providing a safe living environment for all of its residents. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

Depend on CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for updates on this developing story.