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Waterfront Park victim recounts weekend attack

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Branden Hatfield Branden Hatfield
Me'Quale Offutt (Source: Family photo) Me'Quale Offutt (Source: Family photo)
The bus Offutt was riding when he was stabbed. The bus Offutt was riding when he was stabbed.
Louisville Metro police officers keep watch at Waterfront Park. Louisville Metro police officers keep watch at Waterfront Park.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There were four assaults and five robberies the night a group of teens attacked random people. One of those victims was a man who had just gotten off work from a nearby restaurant.

Branden Hatfield said he was walking along River Road when he approached a group of teens attacking a girl. Hatfield intervened and suffered bruises and a busted lip.

"She was a young black girl," said Hatfield. "I think I said something like, 'guys break it up.' The next thing I heard was 'get him!' And they sort of converged on me, which in a way was good, because it gave her an opportunity to get out of the area."

Surveillance video from the same night in that area shows teens randomly assaulting people. Metro police later learned a group of teens met at Waterfront Park to honor Me'Quale Offutt, 14, who later died from injuries he suffered during a fight on a TARC bus. A crime spree followed the Waterfront Park gathering.

"The majority of the blows came to my back because I was on the ground trying to protect myself," said Hatfield.

While all this was going on, Hatfield said police were nearby.

"That's what sort of surprised me," said Hatfield, "they attacked that quickly knowing there was a police presence down here. I don't know if they knew, but that would be my assumption. If they were traveling anywhere in this area they would've seen police officers."

Police haven't announced any arrests stemming from the assaults at Waterfront Park.

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