Mom, 35, is beaten by dirt bike riders who dragged her from car in front of her daughter, 8, after she honked at them
A MOM was brutally beaten by dirt bike riders who allegedly dragged her from the car in front of her daughter, eight, after she honked at them, say cops.
The group of 10 ATV and dirt bikers had failed to drive forward through two green lights in Providence, so the 35-year-old honked at them, according to a police report.
On Thursday night, Shyanne Boisvert, 24, of North Providence, was arrested in relation "to the assault that occurred on Valley Street on August 3," said Providence police.
She was charged with one count of simple assault and one count of disorderly conduct.
Video of the shocking incident was captured on a cellphone, and has been widely shared on social media and by news outlets.
The footage appeared to show the mom on her knees as a person repeatedly punched her, before leaving her wounded in the street.
She had honked at the group of all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes at about 11pm on Tuesday in Providence, Rhode Island.
The bikers had “disregarded two full cycle of traffic lights,” stopping her from continuing her journey, said Providence police.
She was then “abruptly surrounded by a large group of ATVs and dirt bikes," the force added.
Cops alleged that the bikers circled her car, and, as she tried to drive away, some of them opened the driver's side door.
She was allegedly pulled out of the car, dragged onto the street and bashed, their report adds.
Providence police said her eight-year-old girl was in the car at the time of the alleged assault.
The mother was also traveling with a puppy and a friend, cops told the Boston Globe.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said on Wednesday: “We had an awful incident in our city last night that left a young woman shaken and injured.
"We will continue to dedicate all our available resources to getting these illegal ATVs off our streets and to bring those responsible to justice.
"Our police department has seized and destroyed over 200 bikes and we will continue to pull over and arrest people who are using these bikes illegally.”
Councilman David Salvatore of Ward 14 added: "As local leaders, we owe it to our community to create systems which ensure that our city is a safe place to live and work.
"A woman driving in her car with her infant child should not have to fear being a victim of brutal physical violence.
"The gun violence, the physical attacks and reckless behavior of individuals in our city have resulted in grief, loss, and fear in our community.
"It is time for the city to take decisive action to put a stop to this senseless violence and better serve the people trying to make a home in the city of Providence.”
This wave of violent crime is unacceptable.
The alleged assault has added fuel to the ongoing debate about violence in the area, with calls for state troopers to be deployed.
Providence City Council president John Igliozzi asked Gov. Dan McKee for Rhode Island State Police troopers to be sent to the city to support local cops.
He said: "As you know, the headlines regarding crime in the city of Providence over the last few weeks have been shocking – murders, drive-by shootings, stabbings, gang incidents and roving throngs of ATV and dirt bike riders terrorizing our neighborhoods.
"This wave of violent crime is unacceptable, and we need to act immediately to restore public safety and make our city's residents once again feel safe walking and sitting outside in their own neighborhoods."
The force is continuing its investigation.
Boisvert will soon make an initial appearance in court, reported ABC News.
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