Bus-riding teens cheering on a fight between two women pummel the guy who breaks it up
A Cincinnati man who tried to break up a fight between two women on a bus was brutally attacked and robbed by a group of young people who were enjoying the altercation, WTOV reports.
Shahid Sylla was recording an argument between two women on his iPad when it suddenly turned violent. He told police that in his culture — Sylla is Portuguese — they “don’t allow women to fight,” and so he jumped into the fray and pulled the two women apart.
Metro surveillance video captured a group of young men and women in the back of the bus recording the fight. “You can see all these people in the back of the bus,” Detective Longworth said, “whooping and hollering, recording it on their phones.”
After Sylla breaks up the fight, 16-year-olds Joseph Armstrong and Paris White approach him and knock his iPad, phone, and jacket out of his hands. When Sylla bends over to retrieve them, Armstrong and White begin to beat him. At that point, the crowd from the back of the bus run to the front and join in, repeatedly punching and kicking Sylla.
His jaw was fractured in the attack, and many of his teeth were knocked out.
When police examined the video, they noticed that Malik White was one of the people attacking Sylla. He was later arrested that same night for stealing the bicycle of another passenger on the same bus, and had Sylla’s phone stashed away in his shoe when taken into custody.
Det. Longworth said that a hearing would be held later in the week to determine whether the 16-year-olds who instigated the beating would be tried as adults.
Watch a report on the incident via WTOV below.