A homeless 38-year-old female and her 29-year-old brother said they were attacked at about 1 a.m. Sunday in the 3700 block of South Broadway, police say.
The siblings were under a bridge when a group of eight people walked through acting, according to the woman, “loud and obnoxious,” Lt. Doug Nolte said Monday.
The woman told the group to “be quiet and find another bridge,” police said. The group began to punch and kick the woman.
When her brother got involved in the fight, a man in the group pulled out a hatchet and put it to the woman’s throat, Nolte said. The woman said she knew kung fu, police said, and disarmed the man.
The siblings fled and went to Wesley Medical Center’s emergency room.
Police did not recover the hatchet from the scene.