SOUTH UNION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Investigators say beer cans were used as weapons in Fayette County when a group of people attacked a woman outside of a bar.
Police say the group may have been angry that they had been kicked out. The victim was pelted with full beer cans before she was beaten unconscious.
The incident happened very early on a Sunday morning earlier this month outside of Deb’s Brownfield Tavern in South Union.
Five people in an SUV began throwing beer cans at the two victims. The suspects then got out and began punching and kicking one of the women until she was unconscious.
“The two victims that were involved were employees/family members of the owner of the bar, and they were confronted in parking lot by the actors,” Trooper Stefani Plume, of the Pennsylvania State Police.
The attack wasn’t the end of it. Police say the suspects also stole the victim’s purse.
“She did have a purse on her. They took the purse; it had some money, a cell phone and some other miscellaneous items in it,” said Trooper Plume.
The suspects have been identified as: 21-year-old Jade Benishaw, 22-year-old Brittany Chipps, 27-year-old Richard Teets, Jr., 28-year-old Steven McKnight and 24-year-old Brandy Wilson.
As for the victim, she was carried inside the bar after the attack and regained consciousness. She was later taken to the hospital.
The suspects are facing simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct charges.