Girl, 13, Attacks Elderly Crossing Guard: Police

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013  |  Updated 5:59 PM EDT
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Girl, 13, Attacks Elderly Crossing Guard: Police

Crossing Guard Assault

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A 76-year-old crossing guard was back on the job today after being assaulted in Drexel Hill Tuesday afternoon, allegedly by a 13 year old girl.

When police arrived, the girl fought with them too, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

The crossing guard has helped students at Garrettford Elementary School for the last 13 years. Just after 3 p.m. she was leaving her crossing area at Edmunds Avenue and McCoy Street, when she felt something in her back and heard someone say, "Get out of my way or I'll kill you."

The woman saw what she believed to be a young man, but was actually a 13-year-old girl dressed as a boy, Chitwood said. She again threatened the crossing guard, this time by saying, "I'm going to shoot you."

"Now, she's scared to death," Chitwood said of the victim.

A 22-year-old man who lives in the neighborhood saw what was going on and stepped in between the child and the elderly woman, according to police. That's when the victim called 911.

When police arrived, the young girl "took a fighting stance with them" and struggled with officers who tried to arrest her, Chitwood said. Police did not find a gun after she was taken into custody. Instead, they think she used a pen to threaten the crossing guard.

Once at the station, the girl was put in a containment room, where she spit on officers who came near her, police said. She was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and related offenses.

She is now in the Delaware County juvenile detention center in Lima, police said.

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