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Woman attacked by strangers in her own home

Three people arrested so far
Posted at 6:24 PM, May 12, 2017

Hillsborough County Deputies arrested three people for breaking into the home of a 24-year-old woman, then beating her and her sister.

Tyesha Kelly says a mob of about 10 people were involved in the attack that happened twice in one day last week.

"Everybody was beating my head," Kelly said. "(They were) pulling my hair out and beating my head and my back."

Kelly says she was sitting in her home in the University area, watching a movie when she noticed a large group of people gathering outside of her apartment. She didn't recognize any of them, so she opened her door and asked what was going on. That's when they demanded another woman, who does not live there, come outside.

"This is not her house. I live here, just me and my kids," Kelly told the group.

Kelly explains the group believed she was disrespecting them, so they attacked. She says the mob consisted of about 10 women and one man. They hit her several times in the head until she was able to escape.

"And I ran in my house. Once I ran in my house, they all left," she explained.

But Kelly says that was just the beginning. After the scuffle, she sent her children to their grandmother's home and invited her sister over to help her clean. She says it was only about 45 minutes after the initial attack that the group came back to her home. They smashed her front window then the lone man in the mob kicked in the front door.

Deputies say that man is 27-year-old Maurice Stinyard. Kelly says he used a pole from her child's scooter to beat her sister. She says he used a metal handle from her oven to attack her.

Deputies also arrested 20-year-old Karlisha Evans and 19-year-old Daija Washington for the attack.

Kelly says she's still scared.

"I don't know what to think because I don't know how far this could go or what else could happen," she said.