Rioters savagely attack New York couple trying to protect storefront

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The Rochester Police Department used social media to ask members of the public to help identify the men seen in a video brutally attacking a couple who confronted them.

A group of men armed with wooden planks could be seen in a shocking video posted by the Twitter account for the RPD’s Patrol Section Investigations on Sunday, as they repeatedly swung at her and grabbed her by the hair in a violent confrontation.

** WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES **

Though the tweet indicated that the “men violently attacked a store owner & her husband who were trying to protect their business from being looted,” the mother of the woman in the video explained that the couple reside in the apartment above the jewelry store that was being vandalized.

“I was horrified when I saw the video,” Shelly Gonzales told the Democrat & Chronicle, identifying her 24-year-old daughter Madison Mavity and son-in-law Bret Mavity who were seen in a video from a different angle captured by someone passing by.

The couple reportedly lived in the apartment for four years and helped the owners of the jewelry store below board up the business after it had been targeted by looters earlier on Saturday. Mavity could be seen emerging from the door of the 2nd floor apartment followed by her husband.

“Go away” she could be heard telling the group of men smashing in windows. “People live here!”

“Maddy heard the banging and thought the owners had returned, so she went down to help,” Gonzales explained.  “She told me that’s why she went outside.”

She added that her daughter “was pissed when she saw the men.

“She was really angry and frustrated,” she said.

One of the thugs swung a 2×4 piece of wood, striking the couple as another threw objects. They appeared to be leaving at one point but one of the men turned back and grabbed the woman by the head as another repeatedly struck her with the board.

Her husband, also struck by the looters, momentarily ran inside and reemerged with a golf club, yelling “you get away from my wife!”

The couple needed medical care after the incident, according to Gonzales who believed her daughter suffered a concussion her son-in-law’s hand was broken during the confrontation.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle:

While she’s glad her daughter is safe, Gonzales said she’s frustrated that police did not respond to her daughter’s 911 calls after the incident, especially when other groups of looters attacked the location again.

The couple decided to flee the location after seeing looters with gas cans outside the building around 2:45 a..m. Sunday, Gonzales said.

 

“They’re terrified because they don’t feel safe going back to their home,” Gonzales said of the couple who are reportedly now staying with friends.

“I’m so proud that she came out and on seeing what she saw, she could have run back upstairs. Instead, she stood her ground,” Gonzales said. “I think my daughter is a hero.”

The Rochester Police Department shared still images of the men, asking for help in identifying them.

The Twitter account also posted several other photos of suspects wanted for criminal activity during the weekend’s protests over the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. Video of the incident went viral, sparking demonstrations, protests and rioting in major cities across the country.

Conservative commentator and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino retweeted the video, sarcastically asking “Is @jtimberlake going to bail them out?”

Multi-platinum singer Justin Timberlake angered many of his fans on Saturday when he announced that he would be donating to a “freedom fund” that is “combatting the harms of incarceration by paying bail for low income individuals who cannot otherwise afford.”

Twitter users condemned the violent attack on the Rochester couple, as many noted that things may have been different if the husband and wife were licensed gun owners. Many also pointed out that New York’s zero-bail policy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic would mean the suspects would be released soon after their arrest.

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