An Akron mother and her two adolescent sons are accused of attacking two brothers who were playing their guitars while waiting to go inside a Kenmore youth center.
Deanna J. Hillyer, 31, and her sons, ages 15 and 11, each face charges of assault and disorderly conduct following the attack early Monday evening outside First Glance, 943 Kenmore Blvd.
Police said the attack began this way: The victims, 22 and 18, were playing guitars in the alley around 6:30 p.m., waiting to go inside First Glance for its young adult program, when they became involved in a dispute with the 11-year-old.
Hillyer and her older son then drove into the alley and confronted the victims. Police said the 15-year-old took his younger brother’s bicycle, lifted it into the air and swung it as a weapon to strike the men.
Police said the 22-year-old was knocked to the ground and kicked by both boys. He suffered serious head injuries and was treated at Akron General Medical Center. The younger victim suffered minor injuries, police said.
Hillyer is accused of using a metal tire pressure gauge to hit the younger brother in the face.
A witness said she believes the 11-year-old became angry after the men declined to give him a cigarette. She said the boy’s mother didn’t try to stop the attack.
“A normal mother would tell her kids to get in the car and go, but she got out of her car and got right into their faces,” said the 17-year-old girl, who witnessed the assault.
The attack ended when witnesses intervened, police said.
Officers arrested Hillyer and her sons at the scene.
Hillyer was being held in the Summit County Jail. In 2011, she was indicted on a charge of misdemeanor child endangering after her fifth child, a 1-year-old female, fell out a second-story window. Court records indicate the case was closed a few months later but are unclear as to the resolution. A year earlier, she was charged with child endangering and entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, according to records. A 30-day sentence was suspended contingent on Hillyer following Children Services Board guidelines.
In the latest case, her sons were taken to the county Juvenile Detention Center.
The victims are recuperating at home.
Noelle Beck, executive director of First Glance, said she met Tuesday with both victims to check on their condition. The suspects, she said, do not attend programs the center offers.
“Obviously, this is hard,” Beck said. “We do all we can to protect people who are part of our program. ... It’s just unfortunate that it happened when we weren’t open.”
First Glance is an independent, nonprofit organization that offers services and programming to young adults six days a week.
Its website says the center “offers teenagers and young adults a safe place of grace and of unconditional love. Individuals can come in, be themselves, have fun, and learn about God.”
Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.