A family of eight, “just enjoying their Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah,” were savagely attacked by an unknown number of blacks in the Georgia city, that left several family members injured, including a 6-year-old girl who was “punched in the stomach.”
Family members said they had finished eating dinner in a Savannah restaurant and were walking along River Street.
According to a crime report from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department posted on Facebook, an officer described responding to the family of Rob Gray, his brother-in-law and others.
“All of a sudden,” the police report said, “a black male and a black female forcefully walked through his [Mr. Thomas'] family bumping into him and the small children in his family.”
“Thomas then advised that he then said something to the black male about his actions. He then explained that the black male then stopped and turned around and charged at him and assaulted him. Mr. Thomas then advised that several more unknown black individual[s] came from behind and attacked his family including the children. Mr. Thomas advised that he does not know how many people were attacking him and his family, but they ran off after the assault,” the report said.
A surging number of black mob attacks, mostly on white victims, has been in the news for several years, and specific incidents have been documented in author Colin Flaherty’s book, “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.“
The attacks include random mobs attacking visitors to their neighborhoods, people walking down streets near their own homes, and attacks at public events such as festivals and fairs. Among the attacks are those described as the “Knockout Game,” in which an attacker aims to hit someone in the head hard enough to knock him out.
Multiple fatalities have been reported because of the attacks, police confirm.
Of the Savannah attack, Flaherty said: “This is just one of a series of black mob violence episodes over the Mother’s Day weekend. And just the latest in a series of racial attacks in Savannah. Curiously the local paper has not run a story on this. But they did do a major story on a white-on-black attack involving a father and his stepdaughter’s boyfriend, labeling it a hate crime.
“They also had a major feature on turtle attacks. But nothing on a family of eight that is attacked, pursued, and chased into a local business, while the black mob that created the violence waited outside threatening more. This is the kind of racial violence and denial that happens far too often. And many people still deny it exists.”
Police said in their report that they contacted Roberta La Branche, Owen Thoma[s], Julia Thomas, Noa Thomas, Savannah Gray and Sara Thomas, who reported they were “OK.”
“I then noticed another injured family member of Mr. Thomas that had a left swollen eye. I then walked over to make contact and asked him his name. He replied, ‘Rob Gray,’ and he appeared to be upset due to the incident… [He] advised that he was held down and was punched in the eye.”
One of the victims posted an account on Facebook.
“In order to escape further attack we rushed into an ice cream/candy store which was merely 10 feet away from where the incident took place on the Riverwalk. Our attackers stood out front in a mob, waiting for us. The shop owner, yelled at us that he didn’t need any of this in his store to hurt his business.”
Authorities said they were checking nearby surveillance cameras for more information.
One vehicle also was damaged in the attack, police reported. The vehicle was a 2004 Infinity G35 and the driver side mirror was broken and was dented also on the rear driver side.
WTEV-TV said the visitors from Atlanta were “just enjoying their Mother’s Day weekend in Savannah.”
“I took a punch to my eye and cracked my orbital,” Rob Gray told the station.
“I was grabbed by the back of my head at a full run and he smashed my head into the car and I hit the ground,” said Jim Thomas. “This is a violent, malicious attack on a family of eight people.”
He told the station his wife was attacked, too.
“There was a man holding her by the nape of her neck, with her hair and dragging her,” he said. “My 6-year-old daughter was punched in the stomach by an adult.”
Gray said the incident was “devastating.”
“My family the whole way back was, ‘Daddy we thought you were going to die. We knew they were going to kill you.’”