One arrested, others sought after video of women stripped, beaten in Cincinnati posted on Facebook

CINCINNATI - Two sisters were stripped naked, beaten and robbed outside a Cincinnati housing complex last week, and video of the attack was posted on Facebook.

Cincinnati police arrested one woman, but said they are working to find six to eight others responsible for the attack Saturday near Craft Street in Winton Hills.

The video lasts about a minute and a half and shows the assailants removing the clothes from two women restrained on the ground.

The attackers then begin to kick, slap and punch the sisters, as others watch in the background and record video with their smartphones.

One person after another jumps in to join the assault. One of the women is seen kicking another woman in the face.

Police arrested Kianna McMeans and charged her with two counts of aggravated robbery after the attack. An arrest warrant has been issued for Jakeda Phillips.

Authorities said Phillips stomped on a victim's head before taking her purse and other items.

Near the end of the video, one of the victims is able to stand up with no clothes while the other remains face down, unconscious in the grass.

One of the victims, a 21-year-old woman, told WCPO she thought she was going to die.

"They just start swinging. First we were just tussling, then it became too much to fight back so then I just started to shield my face,” she said. “I was getting my head stomped in… I feared for my life. I thought I was gonna’ die right there in that dirt."

The woman said she and her sister were jumped by a group of women from her old neighborhood.

She said she was so dizzy, she couldn’t tell she was being recorded by the crowd around her.

"At first I could see a glimpse of people,” she said. “I was stomped out basically. After that I don't remember anything. I don't remember the people. I just remember voices. All I heard was, 'Get her purse. Get that purse. She got that purse.'"

She said she and her sister are now recovering from cuts, bruises, bloody eyes and concussions.

Despite the physical pain, the 21-year-old said she is horrified and humiliated because video of the attack was posted and spread on social media.

"I tear up every time I see it," she said. "(I’ve watched it) a thousand times. Every time I get on Facebook -- every time I scroll down my newsfeed, I see a screengrab of me laying on the ground."

The woman said her attackers have since contacted her, asking her not to press charges and to let the incident go.

She told WCPO she will not back down from pressing charges.

McMeans is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Friday for arraignment.

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