Woman says she was attacked over smartphone while walking in KCMO park

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A leisurely morning walk through a Kansas City, Missouri, park turned violent for one woman who said a teenager attacked her and punched her in the head to steal her cell phone.

It happened a few days ago at Gillham Park just after nine o’clock in the morning.

“I don’t think I’ll ever have that ease again anywhere,” Diana Radcliff told FOX 4 as she sat on the park bench where she was robbed. “It’s not just this park –it’s just anywhere.”

Radcliff is still on edge after she said three teenagers, two boys and a girl, approached her as she sat on the bench, scrolling through her smartphone.

“She sits right down next to me,” Radcliff said of the girl, “and then I look up and there’s her boyfriend and his crony and I just know, I’m in for it. I just knew it.”

Her gut instincts were right. The next thing she knew, the trio was gunning for her cell phone and she wasn’t giving it up without a fight.

“When that’s happening,” Radcliff explained, “you get this real, ‘Grrrr’ and like ‘Nu uh, I will not take this,’ you know? So you get that extra adrenaline burst, you know, and you fight for what’s yours and either you win or you don’t. I did not win.”

Instead, Radcliff said one of the boys started punching her in the head until she loosened her grip on her phone.

“So then of course, I’m like, ‘Whoa, help! Help! Help!’” she said.

She called 911 from a nearby house. When police arrived, they quickly tracked her cell phone to a spot just down the street where they arrested the two teen boys. One of them has since been charged with felony receiving stolen property.

Responding officers told her the teenagers arrested have been linked to other robberies in the area.

“They’re either going to learn a really good lesson really young, or they’ve just started a life that’s going to lead them nowhere,” she said of the teenagers.

As for Radcliff, paramedics evaluated her on scene and released her. She’s still a little shaken but doesn’t regret trying to defend herself.

“You stand up for yourself,” she said. “If you don’t do it, nobody else will.”