A 12-year-old girl was dragged to the ground in a horrifying attack on her way home from school by moped riding thugs who made off with her $1,800 necklace. Schoolgirl Julie Valeria is now terrified to go outside following the shocking incident, which was captured by a camera on the road. “They’re just the worst human beings alive,” she said.
“It happened fast — I didn’t feel when I was getting dragged.
“I only cared about the necklace. I didn’t know what to do or how to react.”
In the clip, the two men slowly approach the youngster from behind as she walks along the pavement in New York city. Then the pillion riding passenger grabs Miss Valeria, who was wearing a backpack, and drags her several metres along the road.
The scooter then topples over but the thug continues to pull at the schoolgirl’s neck, standing above her on the path. It happened as she walked home at around 4.30pm through the Elmhurst area of Queens.
Her mother showed local TV reporters a long red mark on Julie’s neck which they said was from the men ripping off the necklace on October 24.
“It’s scary now to go out on the streets for kids,” the youngster told Fox 5 NY. “Kids should be safe.”
Police believe that five other incidents which occurred two days later were connected. These all involved women aged between 30 and 70 having their necklaces stolen in similar circumstances.
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It follows a spate of crime to hit New York in recent months.
The NYPD is asking for help finding the two men who are snatching necklaces. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477 (English), 888-577-4782 (Español),