A group of girls and young women attacked a woman at a discount store, hitting and kicking her and tearing off her clothes, said police, who arrested a 10-year-old.
The girl, who was not identified, was charged with assault and battery for kicking the 22-year-old woman in the head and stomach Sunday, Officer Eddy Chrispin said. The girl was released without bail Monday to the custody of her parents.
The three others — ages 14, 16 and 20 — were not arrested, but police said they would seek criminal complaints against them.
The woman apparently had bumped into the 10-year-old in an aisle at a Target store and refused to apologize, Chrispin said. Witnesses told police the group then knocked the customer to the floor, “where she was being hit, her hair was being ripped out, and her pants were taken off,” he said.
The victim was treated at a hospital. She apparently did not know her assailants, said Jake Wark, Suffolk district attorney spokesman.
Minneapolis-based Target Corp. said that it would work with police and that it hoped for “a swift and just resolution to this situation.”