WEST ALLIS (WITI) — The 26-year-old saxophone player who was assaulted outside the Summerfest grounds on Wednesday night, June 26th, has been re-interviewed by police.
Cassandra Struve says she became a target on opening night while she was playing an old jazz song.
“I was playing Minnie the Moocher, classic Blues Brothers song,” said Struve. ”A lady with a child in her hand came up to me, smacked me in my face and said ‘don’t play that.’”
Struve says three African American women confronted her and shouted that a white girl could not play the song. The performer reacted by pushing the first woman away before being punched twice in the side of the face by another woman.
Milwaukee Police say a narrative of the incident written up by the responding officer indicates that there was a disturbance with a vendor over a stolen bracelet, Struve intervened and that’s when she was struck.
But on Saturday, June 29th, Milwaukee police re-interviewed Struve. They now believe the sax player was not involved in the vendor dispute, but was struck immediately following when the suspect had an issue with a song the victim was playing. This incident happened in close proximity of the dispute with the vendor and involved the same suspect.
Two women, 14- and 24-years-old, were cited for disorderly conduct. A 41-year-old woman was cited for assault and battery and disorderly conduct.