Police investigating after teens report assault outside N. Philly carnival

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Police are investigating after two teens reported being assaulted when they  left a North Philadelphia carnival earlier this week.

A video of the alleged attack has gone viral after it was posted on social media.

Lt. Robert Brockenbrough of the police East Detective Division said Friday that detectives are still working to determine what occurred.

Two teens, Jayla Santana and her boyfriend, Miguel Fernandez, told TV news reporters that after they left the carnival, near Erie and Whitaker Avenues, at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, they were attacked by various youths they didn’t know.

Santana, 16, who was wearing a neck brace afterward and said she suffered a concussion, told FOX 29: “The whole time I was screaming, like ‘Stop, Stop!’ and I think I even blacked out at one point.” 

“Basically, they were like hitting me, they were pulling my hair, they were dragging me like in the street, stomping on me. It was like boys and girls both hitting me,” she said. She was attacked, she said, “for no reason at all.”

She said she and her boyfriend had to stay overnight in a hospital for treatment.

Fernandez, 15, told 6ABC he came to Santana’s aid. “I tried to defend her as much as I could. I kept trying to push the girl back, and then a second one hit her, a third one hit her.”

Santana told 6ABC she would tell the people who attacked her: “I’m not going to hold like nothing against you ’cause you’re probably going through something in your life.”

East Detectives Capt. Nicholas Brown told 6ABC that the 25th Police District is aware of the matter and police are planning to have extra patrols at the carnival throughout the weekend.

The carnival is across the street from the police station on Whitaker Avenue and is also near St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Anyone with information about the attacks should contact East Detectives at 215-686-3243.

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