The request is one made often. It’s one you may have made yourself. You are sitting in a movie theater, watching a film — or maybe put more accurately trying to watch it — but audience members nearby are talking loudly. So you ask them to pipe down.
Asked and answered, right? Not in the case of Cindy Santamaria-Williams and her family. On Easter Sunday, the Stroud Township, Pa., family went to see the film “Furious 7” only to find themselves in a row in front of rowdy teens. Santamaria-Williams asked the trio to quiet down and was not only harassed for her trouble but physically assaulted in the parking lot afterward. She suffered a black eye, a broken eye socket, and bruises all over.
Santamaria-Williams told reporters with WNEP that the three assailants were all females. They were joined in the parking lot by three more teen girls and two boys for the “penalty phase,” which began with the advice, “When one swings, we all swing.”
Stroud Area Regional Police Chief William Parrish commented:
When you go to the movies, you don’t need to be at risk to have your family endangered and we’re talking about even Easter Sunday, you know, to come out and be engaged in this.
We are trying to identify this group of teenagers. We’re looking at video from the mall and we do have some descriptions of some of the females.
Penn Live followed up with an article of its own, which included a camera phone capture of two of the suspects:
Santamaria-Williams says she won’t rest until these teens are caught, adding:
I can ID those girls. They were in my face. Their face is in my head. If I see them again in a line up, I know exactly who they are.
The family is offering a reward to anyone who comes forward with information that may lead to an arrest.