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Police seek suspect in assault on teens

The man in this video screen shot is wanted for questioning related to the alleged assault on two teens at Wooddale Fun Zone Dec. 17. He is described as a black male, 6’3” tall, with a heavy build, black hoodie and jeans, as well as dreadlocks that “stand up.” Woodbury Police also want to question the woman to his left. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Woodbury police are seeking the woman in this screen shot for questioning in an alleged assault on two teens Dec. 17 at Wooddale Fun Zone. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Woodbury Public Safety has released surveillance photos of one man and two women who may have been involved in a Dec. 17 assault on two teens at Wooddale Fun Zone.

A black man in his 20s, with short dreadlocks that “stand up,” according to the initial complaint report (ICR) is a suspect in the beating of siblings Chyna Hollins, 15, and Christopher Barham, 13.

Their mother, Kiesha Boyd of St. Paul, said her daughter had hot pizza thrown in her face by one of the women and that her son was punched by the man when he came to her aid.

The complaint describes two short, heavyset, white women in their late 40s. One had a scarf, and the other had a nose ring.

In an interview two days after the incident, Boyd said her children were both badly shaken by the  attack.

“My daughter is bruised from her chest down,” she said. “She was attacked by one adult male and two adult females. My son was punched in the face. His nose was bleeding, his face was swollen.”

According to the initial complaint, the attacks were related to a confrontation between Boyd’s children and their two friends and another group of youths on the roller skating rink. The attacks by the adults came in apparent retaliation after the siblings had left the rink, although it was not clear if the attackers were related to the other group of youths.

The complaint states that the group of adults approached the siblings and said: “You think you’re tough now?”

Boyd said Christopher and Chyna walked outside and that the man and two women followed them.

“When they got outside is when it got physical,” Boyd said. “Two adult females started verbally bragging that they’ll fight kids, that they’ll hit kids.”

After her daughter had pizza thrown in her face, Boyd said, the man grabbed her by the shoulder and pushed her. According to the complaint, the girl’s sibling stepped in between them. The man punched him on the left side of his face with a closed fist.

While Woodbury police are not investigating the incident as a hate crime, Boyd said her daughter was called a homophobic slur by the adults.

“My daughter feels like it did not escalate until they found out she was a lesbian,” Boyd said.

The two females and their kids got into a black truck pulling a red trailer and left, according to the complaint. Boyd, who had dropped her kids off at Wooddale, was just pulling into the parking lot at the time.  

If anyone witnessed the assault or can identify the individuals in the photos, they are asked to call Officer Chris Rheault with Woodbury Police Department at 651-714-3658.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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