LAPORTE – A Facebook dispute led a teenager to drive from Monticello to LaPorte to confront a girl she claimed was spreading rumors about her.
That teenager now faces charges, including battery.
According to a report from the LaPorte City Police Department, a 17-year-old girl called officers after enduring a beating from a 16-year-old girl who showed up at her home.
According to the account of the victim and her mother, a blue pickup truck pulled up to a home in the 200 block of Rockwood Street around 12:20 a.m. Sunday.
A teenage girl got out of the truck and “charged” at the other girl, punching her in the face and knocking her down. The other girl kicked her in the ribs and continued to attack until the victim’s mother and grandmother pulled the 16-year-old away. The girl then got back into the truck, which pulled away.
When police arrived, they noticed the victim’s face was “extremely red and she had a knot above her right eye.”
Police couldn’t immediately locate the truck involved in the dispute.
Around 2:05 a.m.—less than two hours after being called to the scene—police received another call from the same home. The victim said her attacker called and claimed she was coming back to “beat her a**” again. The girl called yet again—this time with police present—and said, “I’m almost there b****, I’m gonna f*** you up,” the report said.
The officer saw a blue truck pass by the house. At that point, the girl said, “Nice try, b****. I see you got cops there.”
The officer notified dispatchers, and another officer stopped the truck. The passenger identified herself, and after police told her they were going to arrest her for battery and ordered her out of the truck, she said, “No, I’m not. I’m not getting out of the truck.”
Officers then removed the 16-year-old and tried to handcuff her. She pulled away, called the officers an obscenity and told them they wouldn’t arrest her. Officers cuffed her and put her in the back of the squad car, according to the report.
Later at the Juvenile Service Center, the girl apologized for her behavior and said she didn’t mean to cause the officers any trouble. The teen said she was upset with the girl she’d beaten up because the other teen “started rumors” about her on Facebook.
The driver of the truck, who identified himself as the arrested girl’s boyfriend, said he and his passengers had driven up from Monticello because “the girl on Rockwood Street wanted to fight” his girlfriend, so they “drove up to LaPorte from their homes so she could fight her.”
Charges against the girl include battery, resisting arrest and breaking curfew.