Three Teens Accused of Throwing Egg at Praying Woman

The woman said she thought she was "hit with a baseball" during the attack

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    Three teens were arrested after allegedly assaulting a homeless woman with a raw egg. Patrick Healy reports from Lancaster for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (Published Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014)

    A group of teens is suspected of throwing eggs and shooting people with a paint gun in Southern California, and now officials are asking victims to come forward.

    Three teenage boys were arrested Monday after a patrolling Lancaster sheriff’s sergeant witnessed one of them throw an egg at a homeless woman who was praying on a bench near Sierra Highway and Lancaster Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    Victim Kathleen Hurst was sitting on the curb with her head down when she felt something hit her in the chest.

    "It felt like somebody hit me with a baseball," she said. "Seriously, if I had a heart problem, it probably could have killed me."

    Hurst, who was once married for 24 years, became homeless two months ago. She said the pain of being hit with the egg was so intense, she's still store from the hit.

    "I can't even touch my chest. It hurts," she said. "It's been hard. It's been one thing after another, and I always go, 'How much more can you ask of me Lord?'"

    After Hurst was hit with the egg, the sergeant watched the attacker get into a Honda with two other 17-year-olds.

    Although only one teen was witnessed throwing the egg, all three were booked on felony assault and conspiracy after officials found suspicious items in a car occupied by two of the teens.

    Among those items were backpacks, another egg, a paint gun, a face mask and cell phone video of other attacks.

    Officials said it was not clear whether the footage was of staged attacks or attacks in which people were victimized.

    Anyone with information and victims who may have been attacked by the group are urged to call the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at 661-948-8466.