Queens girl, 12, calls her moped robbers ‘the worst people alive’

A 12-year-old Queens girl who was dragged down the sidewalk by two moped-riding robbers said Monday she was still “really traumatized” – while calling the heartless crooks “the worst people alive”.

“It’s scary going out on the streets most of the time,” said teenage Julie Montiel outside her family’s home in Elmhurst. “Kids should be safe… a lot of kids are getting hurt right now.

“You’re just the worst people alive just to put a 12-year-old girl in that position,” the seventh-grader said of her attackers – who swiped a gold cross pendant necklace her mother had given her when she was little.

“It’s just that girls should feel safe.”

Horrifying video of the October 24 attack shows the cowardly crooks rolling towards Julie on a red moped and grabbing the $1,800 chain around her neck.

Julie Montiel, 12-year-old victim.
Julie Montiel, 12, said she was traumatized by moped robbers who snatched her gold chain and dragged her along the sidewalk on October 24.
Matthew McDermott

Julie is then seen being dragged down Layton Street by her neck and being dragged to the ground by the two punks before finally getting up and speeding off in their vehicle, chain in hand.

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“It was quick, so I didn’t feel when I was being pulled,” she said. “I was just taking care of the necklace. I didn’t know what to do or how to react. I didn’t feel the pain. It was more like I just felt the chain being pulled down.”

Julie Montiel, 12, is robbed on October 24.
Julie Montiel, 12, was dragged across the sidewalk by two moped robbers.

When asked what she thought the thieves would do at that moment, she replied in Spanish, “That they would kill me.”

She said the necklace “was really special because I’ve had it for so many years.

“I just find them disrespectful because I’ve never harmed anyone in any way,” she said of her attackers. “So I don’t think I deserve this, you know?”

Julie said the thieves followed her for a few minutes before curling up and attacking her – and said her father and a young bystander later came to her aid.

Julie Montiel, 12, right.
Julie Montiel (right, here with her sister Giselle) was mugged by two thieves on a moped on October 24th.
Matthew McDermott

The victim said she was “really traumatized” by the attack and her sister, Giselle Montiel, 14, said Julia was unable to speak about the incident for days and ended up missing school.

“She went to get food and that’s when she started being followed,” Giselle said. β€œIt’s just everyone on the street these days. Even those who look harmless can be the most harmful people.”

https://nypost.com/2022/11/14/queens-girl-12-calls-her-moped-muggers-the-worst-human-beings-alive/ Queens girl, 12, calls her moped robbers ‘the worst people alive’


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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