Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6:10 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Jun 12, 2013 7:34 PM
ALICE - Media coverage of a video of two teen girls fighting in Alice sparked a police investigation which resulted in police charging the two girls. The video shows two young teens duking it out in an alley. Alice Police tell us a call from the the Alice Echo News, and concerned citizens, led them to dig deeper.
"As soon as we found out about the video, we identified as many of the people that were involved including the two girls that were fighting," said Alice Police Chief Randy Weems.
We've now learned the fight involves a 17-year-old named Maria Garza and a 15-year-old girl. The 15-year-old and her mother went to PD and told police what happened.
Based on what the two told officers, they issued the teen a citation for disturbing the peace and remanded her to the juvenile department. Maria Garza,17, turned herself into police where they questioned her and arrested her for disorderly conduct. What's not certain is what these girls were fighting about or why adults were egging them on but Chief Weems says he has an idea.
"It appears there's a rivalry here that's been ongoing and that it's been perpetuated throughout different family members," he said, "and now it's down to these two girls and it's something that's been festering between the families for quite some time."
People in Alice who have seen the video have shared their disgust.
Adriana Ancira said, "Well, to me I think we were put here to help each other and love each other not to be acting like animals, really."
18-year-old Benny Carranza said, "I don't think it's acceptable but then again I don't know how they were raised."
Chief Weems says their investigation isn't over; they're working to give an appropriate charge for the people referring the fight. He says they know of one parent and one grandparent who were there but as of now, have only charged the teens.
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