A local woman is recovering after she says she was attacked by a squeegee kid this week while driving in downtown Baltimore.
Police say the alleged attack happened Wednesday at the intersection of President St and E Lombard St.
The victim tells FOX45 News she was driving into the city for work when she tried to tell a squeegee kid that she didn't want her windows washed. That's when she alleges the person became irate, turning that aggression first on the car and then on her.
She says the person came through her open window and began striking her in the face multiple times, leaving her with severe injuries that required stitches.
"Referring to this person as a squeegee worker is unacceptable and offensive," the victim told FOX45 News. "When you go to work you have parameter you work under and rules to follow. This was a criminal who disguised himself as a squeegee worker and the city is allowing this to happen."
The alleged attack is similar to others we've heard about in recent weeks. Last week, a man driving into the city said he was also assaulted by a squeegee worker at the same intersection.
“He said, 'I will kill you;' I remember that part,” said the driver.
Friday, FOX45 News sent questions to Baltimore City's elected leaders to see where they stand on holding those involved in these recent assaults accountable.
- Do you find these assaults concerning?
- Should these types of crimes be prosecuted?
- What do you think should be done to prevent future assaults?
- Should the city be providing more outlets/opportunities for squeegee workers?
The only member of the Baltimore City Council to respond to our questions was Councilman Mark Conway who chairs the Public Safety and Government Oversight Committee.
He wrote in a statement:
Any kind of violent crime is concerning to me, and I wish the victim a quick recovery. Perpetrators of violence should face prosecution, but ‘squeegeeing’ is not a root cause of crime; lack of opportunity and access to social services is. I hope we can focus on that going forward not only as a crime-fighting strategy, but as a way to build a stronger city.
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