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Woman gets knocked out cold, bystanders stop to take selfies
Shocking surveillance video shows the moment a Pittsburgh woman was knocked out cold by a man on a busy sidewalk — but that’s not the worst of it.
The footage also shows the woman being beaten and robbed by bystanders — who proceed to take pictures of her, including selfies — as she lay unconscious on the ground. “They don’t treat animals like that. They wouldn’t treat a dog that way,” the victim’s mother told KDKA on Thursday. “It’s disgusting. My daughter needs help.”
The disturbing incident was caught on camera in the Pittsburgh neighborhood Beechview. The footage was captured more than a month ago, but wasn’t released until this week.
“She’s lying there like somebody just hit a deer,” said Dr. Capretto, a local physician at the Gateway Rehab center who has agreed to treat the victim for an apparent drug addiction.
“It’s like a sideshow in a circus,” he added. “This is a human being.”
In the clip, the woman appears to approach her attacker for a brief second right before he throws his haymaker. A group of men can then be seen walking over to her — cell phones in hand, snapping pictures and video — as she lays unconscious on the sidewalk.
“Nobody called 911 to help her,” a police source told KDKA. “They took what looks like her phone while she’s out cold.”
Shortly after leaving, the men reportedly returned and began taking even more photos.
“They actually come back,” the source said. “A kid lays beside her and takes a selfie.”
According to KDKA, the victim is a known drug addict who has been arrested several times in the past, mostly for illegal substances.
“They deserve to be helped,” Capretto said, describing residents with drug problems.
“This is my oath to help people who are sick,” he added. “I, as a physician, this is my oath to help people who are sick. She’s sick and she needs help.”