Man who tried to help girl during mob attack speaks out


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 28 at 9:06 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A man that stepped in to stop a group of teens from attacking a girl became a victim himself during the mob violence Saturday night.

He's speaking out about the wild night and his hope of meeting the girl again to make sure she is OK.

Branden Hatfield had just got off work from Tumbleweed Saturday night when an ordinary stroll home through Waterfront Park landed him in the middle of a mob attack.

"Once I was on the ground it was just fists and feet," Hatfield said.

He noticed a group of 15 teens, boys and girls attacking a 13-year-old girl.

"They were surrounding her, trampling her really," Hatfield said.

His first instinct was to step in and stop it from happening.

"My thinking was I could intervene and get them to break up but then I heard ‘get him’. Then I was hit and went to the ground and they started doing the same thing to me," Hatfield said.

He finally broke free. He was taken to the hospital and released. He had stitches in his lip and bruises on the back of his head. He says he would have done it all over again to help that girl. Now he hopes to find her through social media.

"I would like to see how she is going and feeling," Hatfield said.