Arrest made in 'vicious beating' of teens in Richland County
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:40:44 GMT —
RICHLAND COUNTY (WACH) - Richland County deputies have arrested one person and identified two additional suspects in the "vicious beating of two teens," according to Sheriff Leon Lott.
Teshambra Kelly, 23, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of assault and battery.
Lott is seeking the communities assistance in locating Sonia Jacobs, 46, and Melquana Singletary, 17.
According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, between May 16 and May 17, a group of people gathered outside of Gonzales Gardens apartments and a fight broke out.
Lott says a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl were brutally beaten by multiple suspects ages 14-49. The fight was over a long going dispute between the victim and the suspects. The 14-year-old victim was more than 8 weeks pregnant at the time of the assault. She and the baby are "improving after the attack."
The fight was caught on a mobile device. Sheriff's Investigators are using that video attached to this story to identify suspects.
The sheriff's department was notified of the video by Keenan High School's School Resource Officer who was alerted to the video after a student was missing from class for several days. He sent the clip to the gang unit, which is lead by Sgt. Vincent Goggins.
"Two girls that were best friends, probably two weeks prior to this incident occurred, had a falling out. And from that point, they saw each other that day and a verbal altercation occurred, and the fight ensued," said Goggins.
Goggins says while some of the people involved in the attack may have ties to gang activity, the girls do not. He adds that anyone involved in the braw, including the person who shot the video, could face criminal charges.
"It's a matter of really digging into the investigation and finding out exactly what took place, and who, and bringing everybody who is responsible to justice," said Goggins.
According to Goggins, this type of problem can happen when kids are not involved in activities. He stresses that parents keeps a close eye on their children so the don't end up on the wrong side of the law.
Lott says violence like this or any other crime will not be tolerated and if these â??gangsâ?? think they are running the streets they are sadly mistaken.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects or information about this crime should contact CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.