Woman beaten on her way to work; homeless man arrested, Indianapolis police say

Nathaniel Sconiers, 29, faces several charges

INDIANAPOLIS - A homeless man was arrested after police accused him of beating an Indianapolis woman on her way to work Saturday afternoon.

Police said Kimberly Barnes, 32, had just gotten off the bus near Delaware and Washington streets and was walking to her job at the nearby Steak 'n Shake restaurant in downtown Indy just before the attack.

About 3:30 p.m., Barnes said a man approached her and began punching her in the face.

"Next thing I know, I'm walking and then out of nowhere, here he comes and hits me, and I'm picking myself off the ground, and I just have blood coming out of me," Barnes said. "I didn't even know where he came from, nothing. He didn't say anything to me, he didn't jump in front of me. He just came from the left side and hit me."

She suffered a fractured nose and eye socket and several cuts, which resulted in about 20 stitches under her eye.

According to a police report, there were several people who witnessed the attack, but no one stepped in to help.

A valet at a nearby restaurant came to Barnes' side and called 911. Police responded a short time later.

Metro police spokeswoman Sgt. Linda Jackson told RTV6 that a second victim was found when police responded.

"There was another group of individuals flagging him down saying please come down here, and it's that point and time they located the second female who was suffering from a cheek fracture," Jackson said.

The suspect, identified as Nathaniel Sconiers, 29, punched an Officer Mark Barnett in the face as officers tried to restrain him, police said.

Barnett was taken to the hospital, where he received stitches.

Sconiers was arrested on charges of battery with injury and resisting law enforcement.

Sconiers did not steal anything from Barnes. Investigators said they are still trying to determine a motive in the attacks. 

Barnes is scheduled to have surgery for her fractured nose and eye socket next week, but she said healing emotionally might not be so straightforward.

"I don't know really how to feel," Barnes said. "My emotions are on a roller coaster right now. I don't know whether to be upset, angry, sad, depressed. I don't know. I just know I've got to keep going."

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