Woman said crowd attacked her after auto incident
Published: Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 9:22 a.m.
A 21-year-old Gainesville woman who got out of her car to see if she had hit someone with her vehicle was attacked by around 20 people early Friday morning before a neighbor used pepper spray to drive off the assailants, a report said.
The woman said she was driving home at around 1 a.m. when a man in a group jumped in front of her car as she drove into her apartment complex in the 5800 block of NW 25th Terrace.
“Me and my friend were coming back from Walmart and they hopped in front of my car,” the victim told The Sun on Sunday.
She recalled swerving to miss hitting the group of nearly 20 people, but she believes she accidentally tapped the leg of a man who purposefully stuck his leg out in front of her vehicle.
When she parked her car and got out to see if the man was injured, the group attacked her and her female passenger and the vehicle with fists, bats and golf clubs, according to a Gainesville Police report.
The victim received a laceration on her forehead from the attack, and her friend was also hit on the head. One car window was broken.
“I saw blood start gushing and I didn’t know where it was coming from,” the victim said. She remembered thinking the blood may have been rushing from her eye.
The victim said the crowd dispersed when a neighbor began shooting pepper spray at the crowd. The two women ran into the victim’s apartment.
Police arrested Karatee Crusoe Banks Jr., 25, of 7414 NW 21st Way at 1:10 a.m. Saturday after the victims identified him in a lineup following the attack. Police found two plastic bags containing less than 20 grams of marijuana in his left pocket, according to the report.
Banks was arrested on charges of felony battery and possession of marijuana.
The victim said she has seen the group who attacked her frequently loitering outside the apartment complex. She said she is looking to move away from the complex.
“People live for drama,” she said.