Family Attacked After Shushing Teens in Theater

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STROUD TOWNSHIP -- The next time you feel like telling someone to be quiet at a movie theater, you may think of this story.

A family was attacked after seeing a movie Easter Sunday evening at the Stroud Mall and they believe it happened because they told some teenagers during the movie to pipe down.

A woman says she just came to see a movie Easter Sunday with her family, when a rowdy group of teens sitting behind her not only harassed her family inside the theater, they allegedly assaulted some of them later in the parking lot and took off.

A black eye, a broken eye socket, and bruises all over -- Cindy Santamaria-Williams says this all happened outside the Stroud Mall after an Easter Sunday showing of "Furious 7."

"The three girls they were sitting behind us. They were very loud, rowdy. They were cursing a lot," said Santamaria-Williams.

Santamaria-Williams told us she turned around and told the teens to quiet down.

After the movie and after complaining to management, she says those teens were waiting for her outside, along with three more girls and two teenage boys.

Santamaria-Williams told us what the girls said.

"'When one swings, we all swing,' and they immediately jumped on me and knocked me to the ground and punched me in the face. I think that's what knocked me to the ground."

Both Santamaria-Williams and her sister-in-law were hurt.

Stroud Area Regional Police Chief William Parrish says they are investigating the incident, one that concerns them a great deal.

"When you go to the movies, you don't need to be at risk to have your family endangered and we're talking about even Easter Sunday, you know, to come out and be engaged in this," said Chief Parrish.

Now Stroud Area Regional Police along with the victim want to find all of the individuals involved in that alleged assault outside the food court and find out exactly what happened.

"We are trying to identify this group of teenagers. We're looking at video from the mall and we do have some descriptions of some of the females," said Chief Parrish.

Santamaria-Williams believes she saw someone recording the incident on a smart phone and is asking them to come forward.

Stephen Feuer visits the mall near Stroudsburg often and says this type of violence is troubling.

"It's very upsetting. And I thought that in a place like this it would be safe for people to go," said Feuer.

Santamaria-Williams says she won't rest until these teens are caught and likely charged.

"I can ID those girls. They were in my face. Their face is in my head. If I see them again in a line up, I know exactly who they are," she said.

The family is offering a reward to anyone who comes forward with information or that cell phone video that may lead to an arrest.

Police say the teens involved likely could face simple assault charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call Stroud Area Regional Police.


  • Barack

    Where is Reverend Jesse & Al while this happened? Why was this not reported as BLACK TEENAGERS attack WHITE FAMILY? If it was reversed you would of heard the news reporting WHITE TEENAGERS attack BLACK FAMILY. Racism works both ways. These jungle teenagers need to be charged with a hate crime & given real jail time & a permanent felony record!!!

  • Jon Jones

    Gee, teens waited for woman to leave theater, and then like a pack of baboons pounced on her. Were they black?? If you say black lives matter don’t act like animals. White people are fed up of animal behavior of black youth, we wish you would go to the zoo where you belong, but not in civilized society, and people who act like that I applaud when they are aborted and killed, they are worthless thugs.

  • adjfire

    Would have been awesome if the lady would had a large capacity flock and laid those animals down…..but you know as well animals I do the race baitor Sharpton would show up and brand the old lady as a racist.

    • adjfire

      High capacity Glock.. not flock…. google sensors the names of gun manufactures but not the names of racists like Sharpton from its dictionary.

  • everett walker

    The biddy could have moved to another seat. At least the girls were considerate enough of the other patrons to defer kicking her @$$ until after the feature ended.

  • Mike

    This was a black-on-white racist hate crime that no one will dare call a black-on-white racist hate crime.

  • they be from philly

    I think the one on the right, is my brothers babies momas sister, wait, not sure, they all look alike.. Yeah, all his babies momas look alike, he gots a few of dem.

  • Serio Vitium

    No description? C’mon WNEP, we know what that means.

    Also, other news outlets have published the security cam photo. Why not do the same? Either you have a political agenda, or you’re simply uninterested in finding the perps, seeing justice done, and keeping the community safe. Which is it?

  • ME2

    If we all looked like these two, we’d be mad, too. Just kidding, I guess. Asking or telling, even “shushing” someone, is no reason to resort to violence, but that’s how so many are these days. These girls better deal with their anger issues now, or they will end up in jail or on the wrong side of a gun. There’s a real world out there after high school and no one is going to put up with your BS.

  • last man standing

    Wow! This story really lit a fire under so many of you. Everything from the deterioration of North East PA to blaming the parents, cops, and the new Obahmatopia we all live in. Gun rights people making the case to carry. The funny thing is, you are ALL right. Except for the liberal leaning cowards who say “Don’t say anything, keep your mouth shut!” Well, my liberal friends, I think the use of common sense is enough for MOST people to see that type of behavior is what got use to this point. Disrespectful youth of ALL COLORS are the direct result of the “time out” generation. Political correctness run amuck. Freebies everywhere to get you through life. Nothing worked for, nothing earned. A true sense of entitlement from the cradle to the grave. Fatherless families with no discipline. God being systematically and maliciously removed from all aspects of life outside of church. What do you expect?!?!? As far as confronting individuals goes, we must all weigh the odds to the best of our ability. It’s very easy to bite off more than you can chew. This is one of the first thing responsible people who carry or learn martial arts are taught. However, cowering in the corner every time only empowers those animals who care nothing for your life or wellbeing. Personally, I couldn’t care less what our Chief Executive Clown says, what liberals think or what political correctness dictates. There’s no way on this God’s green Earth I’ll ever allow some limp wristed, liberal politician be in charge of my safety and security. I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

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