Posted: Feb 3, 2014 6:56 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2014 8:53 PM
EDINBURG - Zulema Beltran can't bear to look at photos of her friend. An attack early Sunday at an intersection in Edinburg sent the woman to a hospital where she had to undergo facial reconstruction.
"It's not even the same person," Beltran said holding back tears.
The woman said she was driving home after a party when she noticed a car following closely and flashing its headlights. She stopped at a red light at Trenton and Sugar roads. She said three men jumped out of the other car and attacked her.
The attack happened at 3:30 a.m., police said.
The woman managed to get back into her car and drove to a nearby Applebee's parking lot. A friend found her there and took her to the hospital.
Beltran said she was sleeping when her friend sent her a text message asking for help.
"They reached in to open the car and they grabbed her at the same time, so as they opened the door they were pulling her out at the same time," Beltran said.
Beltran said her friend tried to fight back, but the men overpowered her.
"This person was beaten pretty badly," Edinburg Police Lt. Oscar Trevino said.
Trevino said officers are retracing the victim's steps. They are trying to determine where she was and who she came in contact before the attack.
"I think that this is something isolated. This is the first incident in the longest time where somebody is attacked in their vehicle like that," Trevino said.
Trevino said the victim thinks the three men are in their 20s or 30s. She remembers they were driving a silver or gray sedan - possibly a newer-model Nissan Maxima or Altima.
Police now are asking for the public's help to bring them to justice.
"They had to have gone home and talked to somebody or said something to someone," Beltran said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Edinburg Crime Stoppers at 956-383-8477.