Police: Retaliation for Facebook posting prompts arrest of 16-year-old girl

2013-01-21T19:00:00Z 2013-01-21T21:33:04Z Police: Retaliation for Facebook posting prompts arrest of 16-year-old girlStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 21, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

LAPORTE | Angry over offensive remarks about her on Facebook, a 16-year-old girl made a one-hour trip to LaPorte from Monticello to beat up a teenage girl responsible for the postings, LaPorte police said.

About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the 200 block of Rockwood Street.

The teenage victim told police the suspect had pulled up to the residence, and the victim and her mother went outside to tell her to leave.

Police said the 16-year-old suspect charged the older girl, punching her in the face and knocking her to the ground. The suspect kicked her repeatedly in the ribs and was physically pulled off her by two witnesses, police said.

The victim told officers she was having trouble breathing and her ribs hurt badly. Police said she also had a knot above her right eye and her face was extremely red. She requested an ambulance.

Police were called back to the house 90 minutes later when the suspect allegedly told the victim during a profanity-laced telephone call that she was coming back to beat her some more.

However, with squad cars outside, the suspect did not stop but was seen in a pickup truck that drove by the house, telling the victim on a speakerphone, "I see you got the cops there," according to police.

Other officers, after given a description of the fleeing pickup truck, stopped the girl, who was a passenger in the vehicle driven by her boyfriend.

Police said the suspect was taken to the La Porte County Juvenile Services Center and held on charges of battery, resisting law enforcement and curfew violation.

She told police the other girl was spreading rumors about her on Facebook.

The victim admitted she was "having issues" with the suspect over the postings.

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