LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Police have charged a woman accused of attacking another woman with an American flag in Lawrenceville.
The victim, who didn't want her name used, said that a woman wearing a full Burka with only her eyes showing came out of the woods, walked up to her mailbox and grabbed the flag, which was on a 4-foot long PVC pipe, off the mailbox.
"I stood up and I yelled at her, 'Don't touch my flag,' and she yanked it up out and headed towards us just waving it," the woman said.
She said that the woman then began swinging the post with the flag on it at her. The victim's 17-year-old daughter jumped in to try and help.
"As soon as she realized mommy was fighting for her life, my daughter was right by my side trying to stop her," she said.
The victim said the attack lasted several minutes. At one point, witnesses said the woman took her shoe off and began hitting other people with it.
"I've got a swollen knuckle, I've got a bruise there, I've got a bruise there and she got me on my face," she said.
The woman's 14-year-old son grabbed the family gun and stood by in defensive mode ready to fire off a warning shot.
"That did not even phase her," the victim said. "It didn't stop her; it didn't do anything."
A witness saw the struggle and was able to help hold the woman until police arrived.
"We fought for for probably 7 minutes until the police arrived here because I wasn't letting her go I did not know what else she would do," she said. "She had already chased one of my neighbors into her house that morning."
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Amina Ali Ahra, was arrested and charged with two counts of simple battery.
"What in the world is going on here? Why am I not safe on my own property why can I not sitting in my garage and not feel like I'm going to be attacked by someone walking down my street with my American flag," she said.
The motive behind the alleged attack has not been determined.
"She never said a word, the look in her eyes, my neighbor even asked if she had been brainwashed," she said. "Crazy, that's all, that's the only way I can explain it."
The woman said she thought Ahra should face hate crime charges.
"How much plainer could a hate crime be when she took rips your American flag off and charges you on your own property. It's nothing less than a hate crime," she said.
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