A 57-year-old woman remains hospitalized in intensive care after being punched, kicked and thrown to the ground by a group of unknown suspects on a street in Chula Vista.
According to police, the violent assault happened in the 200 block of Broadway Avenue Thursday around 2:30 a.m. Authorities received reports of a fight and when officers arrived at the scene, they found a female victim lying unconscious in the street.
The woman was transported to a hospital with serious injuries including multiple facial fractures, broken teeth and broken ribs, police said.
On Friday, police said investigators were able to find security video that shows the events leading up to the brutal beating.
Police said the footage showed the victim holding a flashlight while standing on the corner of Broadway and Davidson Street when a silver-colored, four-door Mitsubishi Gallant stopped in the street. A light-skinned male, approximately 19 to 24 years old wearing a dark-colored shirt, dark pants and black shoes, then exited the vehicle and approached the woman. A second male suspect was also seen exiting the vehicle.
Then, suddenly and without provocation, police said the first suspect punched the victim in the face, knocking her to the ground. The two suspects then fled the area in the Mitsubishi.
Minutes later, police said the surveillance footage shows the vehicle returned to the scene. This time, the two original suspects and a third male suspect exited the car and attacked the woman again, repeatedly stomping and kicking her in the face and body.
The three suspects then fled the scene in the car, leaving the beaten woman unconscious in the street.
On Friday, Chula Vista police said they’re asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspects responsible for the assault.
Police described all of the suspects as light-skinned males, between 19 and 24 years old.
The first suspect is 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, weighs between 160 and 185-pounds and has dark hair.
The second suspect is 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, weighs between 150 and 170-pounds and was wearing a white T-shirt with dark sleeves, a white hat and black shoes. The third suspect is 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, weighs between 160 to 180-pounds and was wearing black pants and no shirt.
Anyone with information about this attack is urged to contact the Chula Vista Police Department.
Meanwhile, the victim -- identified by friends as “Jurmaine” -- remained at UCSD Medical Center Friday night.
One of the victim’s friends, Pebbles Hammer, told NBC 7 she doesn’t understand why anyone would want to hurt Jurmaine.
“[She’s] funny, outgoing and likes to dance,” said Hammer.
Hammer said she’s shocked by the brutal beating, and how three men attacked her friend.
"By three men! No woman can go against one man -- three men?” she added.
In addition to multiple facial injuries and broken ribs, Lt. Don Redmond of the Chula Vista Police Department said the suspects kicked in Jurmaine’s teeth, which is one reason why investigators still haven’t been able to question her.
Investigators said the motive for the beating is unknown at this point, but it appears the men enjoyed terrorizing Jurmaine, and that’s a big concern for officials.
"[We’re worried] that they'll do this again. This is a 57-year-old woman walking down the street, unprovoked, they attack her. It could happen to anybody,” said Lt. Redmond.