Indianapolis Metro Police are on the lookout for a group of teens who attacked a couple walking on the Canal Saturday night.
Britney Harford, 18, and her 23-year-old friend, Matt Nadolski, were in Indianapolis for race weekend when they decided to take a walk along the Canal.
"I wanted to show him the town a little bit. It was his first time in Indy," Harford said.
As they were headed back, out of nowhere, a group of teens attacked them.
"One came up behind me grabbed me by the throat and hit me in the face probably three times.. threw me on the ground and by the time I got up and turned around, I'd seen all of them on Matt kicking him in the face and punching him in the face," said Harford.
Harford's face was badly beaten.
"It really hurts. I can't really touch the area around my eye."
But, she said, Nadolski took the brunt of the attack and was spitting up blood. All the while, a handful of witnesses stood and watched.
"There were four bystanders there and they didn't really care they did it anyway," said Harford.
Not only was Nadolski's watch taken, so was their trust in the city.
"It scares me. I know I won't go anymore around the city, unless I have my father or somebody I know who can protect me."
Police are looking for five to seven African American males in their late teens or early 20's.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued the following statement regarding patrols on the canal:
"The police department will continue our already implemented criminal strategies on the canal for an indefinite amount of time. We have enhanced our strategies by assigning Captain Phil Burton an experienced criminal strategist to the downtown district". " We take these type of crime serious and will continue to review data to better our fight on crime".In a separate report, Rev. Charles Harrison of the Ten Point Coalition tells WISH-TV that he was patrolling the canal Saturday night but left before the attack took place.
“We left the area about 11 or 11:15. The canal was clear from Ohio to Michigan Street, and there was a heavy presence of capitol police.” Said Harrison. “The canal is a large place, and it stretches for quite a few blocks…. We may have to look at the entire canal. If people who are coming down to rob and attack people know where we are, we may need to expand the area where we're patrolling,” he added.
“It’s frustrating for me, when I come down here on Saturdays, I still see kids coming down here underage, not supervised,” Harrison said.