Teens face ethnic intimidation charges after brutally beating woman in North Side

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PITTSBURGH —

Three teenage girls are facing several charges, including ethnic intimidation, after police said they brutally beat a 32-year-old woman Sunday in Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Investigators said the incident happened around 2 p.m. near the intersection of Concord and Itin streets.

According to police, the girls threw a bottle at the victim, Ginger Slepski's car, and when she stopped to confront the girls, they attacked her.

"I thought it was so animalistic, so violent and I'm so afraid for these girls to get out and walk the streets," said Slepski.

 Slepski said she tried to get back in her car but the girls grabbed her by the hair.

 "The one punched me in the head, and I was on a set of concrete steps and my head hit the concrete so hard. Then they all got on top of me and all their hands were in my hair, and they kept telling each other ‘kick her in the head, kick her head in the concrete,’" said Slepski.

Slepski said a lot of people were standing around watching but were too afraid to help.

“It’s sad, but it doesn’t surprise me. Our youth …,some of them are going in the wrong direction,” said one resident who did not want to be identified.

Officers said the woman was kicked, punched, robbed and left in the middle of the street.  Police said they also called the victim a racial slur.

"I do feel like it was very racially motivated and I grew up in the neighborhood," said Slepski.

Witnesses ran to help the woman and one man said he watched as the three young black girls, ages 14, 15 and 16, were arrested.

“About 10 to 15 minutes later a bunch of cop cars came up and put them all in the back seat of the cop car,” said a witness.

Slepski was treated at Allegheny General Hospital and is expected to be OK.

The girls were taken to Shuman Detention Center and charged with ethnic intimidation, robbery and conspiracy.