Anonymous Police Tip May Have Sparked Severe Beating


UPDATED: Thursday March 28, 2013 8:50 AM

A Circleville woman was in critical condition Wednesday night after she was beaten in her neighborhood.

"There was a lot of screaming and hollering," neighbor Ernest Haddox told 10TV's Jason Frazer.

Circleville Police said Brittany Jeffers, 21, was attacked near Walnut and Washington Streets around 2:00 p.m.

Police said witnesses described the altercation as a "riot situation". Police said a 911 caller stated there were up to 40 people arguing in the street.

Officers at the scene told 10TV's Jason Frazer that police received an anonymous tip about a burglary that occurred on Walnut Street about an hour before Jeffers was found beaten. Investigators said they questioned a man about the burglary and left.

Officers returned later Wednesday afternoon after receiving a 911 call about multiple people arguing near Walnut and Washington Streets.

Jeffers was found in the road. She had been beaten.

"One person believes that another person snitched on them or reported a crime and implicated them," said Circleville Police Chief Harold Gray.

Jeffers was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus by helicopter. She was listed in critical condition Wednesday night.

"It just blows my mind," Haddox said.
 
Police were searching for two people who may be involved in the beating. Police already identified two others, but did not release their names.  No one has been arrested or charged in the case.

Police were looking for witnesses to give them more information about the attack.

"I am very sorry for what happened and I do send my deepest condolences to the whole family," said Haddox.   

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