Kalamazoo woman speaks out after being beaten with gun

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Just days after a Kalamazoo grandmother was beaten with a gun by a teenager, she's telling her story to Newshcannel 3.

It happened Monday, near the intersection of Douglas Avenue and North Street.

Police say a 16-year-old approached the woman demanding money and a cellphone.

He then reportedly beat her and stole her bike--which cost less than $100--all in front of her two grandsons, ages 7 and 10.

The grandmother says her story is just another in a series of violent crimes involving teens in Kalamazoo.

Now, Valerie Bradley says she put up a fight because it's only standing up that will create change.

Bradley says she was riding with her grandsons on Monday, when a young man called for her and asked to use her cellphone.

When she told him she didn't have one, that's when she says his entire attitude changed.

He then demanded she give him her bike.

When she said no, he pulled out a gun.

She says he then beat her with that gun until she fell off the bike, then stomped and kicked her.

"It was so violent, he hit me so hard he knocked me off the bike; when I started to get up on my hands, that's when he started kicking me and hitting me. I cannot believe that one person would do that," Bradley said.

Bradley says the boy was found by police and was arrested just down the block.

He had gotten rid of both the bike and the gun, but she was able to identify him while still sitting in the ambulance.

The teen is now lodged in the Kalamazoo County Juvenile home.

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