A disturbing incident unfolded at the Rocket Fizz candy shop on Monument Circle, where a woman was viciously attacked by a group of teenagers. According to a police report, the assault occurred at around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday while the woman was working her shift at the store.
The victim’s daughter, Corey Cattedra, stated that her mother has limited recollection of the incident. Cattedra explained that the attack took place after a group of seven teenagers entered the store and began shoplifting. When the woman confronted them and urged them to leave, someone unexpectedly struck her from behind, causing her to be disoriented.
Cattedra revealed that several other individuals joined in, relentlessly assaulting her mother while she was on the ground. Eventually, store staff members were able to intervene, and the police subsequently arrested a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl on preliminary charges of battery and other offenses.
The young age of the alleged attackers has raised concerns for Cattedra and her mother, prompting questions about parental supervision and why underage individuals were out so late at night. Kim Nething, the owner of Rocket Fizz, expressed disbelief and astonishment at the audacity of the kids involved in the incident.
While the candy shop is located near a recently closed Starbucks that cited safety concerns as a reason for shutting down, Nething does not believe there is an ongoing safety issue on Monument Circle. She emphasized that the perpetrators knew exactly what they wanted to accomplish, regardless of any existing security measures.
The victim’s daughter expressed her hope that the punishment would be commensurate with the crime, while also expressing a desire for the young attackers to make better choices in the future. Surveillance cameras in the store captured the assault, and the footage has been handed over to investigators.
The victim is currently recovering at home, but Cattedra mentioned her mother’s eagerness to return to work. Additional information regarding the charges the teenagers are facing is still awaited.