Sheriff: Teens hid in trunk, attacked girl

Sheriff: Teens hid in trunk, attacked girl

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A teenaged girl who thought she was getting a lift from school was reportedly punched as part of a planned fight with two more girls hiding in the trunk.

On Tuesday, Deputy Jeremy Richardson with the Independence County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about four teens fighting in Southside. The deputy spoke to the girls after arriving at Billie Jean Road.

According to the incident report, the 17-year-old victim said she was getting a ride home after school by a 16-year-old girl.

During the ride, the teen driver said something was wrong with the car and they stopped near a trucking company.

It was then that two other 16-year-old girls were let out of the trunk.

One of the suspects told the deputy they planned to fight the girl.

The 17-year-old, according to the report, said she was not going to fight the girls and got her phone to call her parent.

However, one of the teens grabbed the girl by the hair and "punched her in the face with her fist." She also hit the girl's head against the window of the vehicle, Richardson stated.

The victim said she walked away and had her mom pick her up from the trucking company. Those in the car couldn't find the keys and began walking until a parent of one of the girls picked them up.

According to the report, the three girls told the deputy they "had been bullied and decided this event was how they would stop it from happening further."

One 16-year-old told Richardson she was the only one to throw a punch and admitted to it.

Photos were taken of the victim's injuries. Richard stated in the report he did see "slight redness and slight bruising" underneath the victim's left eye at the time of the report.

The deputy advised the complainant to contact Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Barber to find out how to file charges.

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