Jessica Hughes, a 19-year-old DePaul University student from Illinois was attacked while taking a train home, in broad daylight, and says not a single bystander came to help her.
Hughes was riding the Blue Line heading home from Chicago to Berwyn, Illinois, at around 10 a.m when she was attacked. The young woman had her headphones in and wasn’t listening. Suddenly, the man in the seats in front of her jumped on her, yanking on her headphones to pull her to the floor.
Once the teen was on the floor, he began raining punches and kicks down on her. The train car was full, and no one stepped in.
The Daily Mail reports:
“He jumps up from his chair, and goes on top of me, and asks me for my phone, but my phone was in my pocket, and I had my headphones on, so he was yanking at my headphones, and then he pushed me to the floor, and then started beating on my head,” Hughes told WBBM. “He bit me on my left hand.”
As the man and a woman he was with beat Hughes, she screamed for help, but nobody else in the train car came to help.
“They just watched,” she said. “I feel like people just don’t want to get involved.”
“He kept beating on me,” the 19-year-old told WGNTV. “I’m yelling help to the other people and no one came.”
The man and woman who attacked Hughes got away without her phone. Police are currently looking for the suspects.
The incident was captured on security cameras inside the train. According to the Daily Mail, Chicago police will review the footage during their investigation with the transit authority.
“I’m just hoping everything they need is on that video,” Hughes said. “And they’re able to get those people that did this to me.”
Hughes described the attacker as an African American man in his 20s with facial hair. She says he was wearing a blue Ralph Lauren Polo hat, baggy pants, and a grey hoodie. She described the woman, who is also African American, in her mid-20s and as very thin with long black hair.