Couple Arrested In Beating Of School Crossing Guard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man and woman are accused of beating a school crossing guard and stealing her stop sign and whistle while astonished kids looked on.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou Reports

Investigators say 59-year-old Shirley Mayberry was helping about 20 children cross the street in the unincorporated Florence area when she tried to stop a sport utility vehicle turning into the intersection Monday afternoon.

Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker says Mayberry told the driver of a black Ford Expedition that he must stop. The couple allegedly got out of the SUV and beat her before fleeing with her stop sign and whistle.

Deputies arrested 27-year-old Jose Hernandez and 20-year-old Vanessa Del Pilar Martinez.

Mayberry had bumps and bruises, but she refused medical treatment at the scene.

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