COVINGTON — Two females have been arrested on gang charges in connection with a fight that occurred last week involving two carloads of teens who attacked and threatened a family outside a home on Creekveiw Trail.
Shakuria Lasea Benton, 17, of 40 Bermuda Way, and Jalesia Sharess Brown, 19, of 35 Fairview Common Drive, were arrested Friday by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. Benton was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful criminal street gang activity, and Brown has been charged with participating in criminal gang activity and aggravated battery.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred Monday, March 24, when neighbors had gathered outside to socialize while other neighbors played basketball.
Sometime around 8:30 p.m., a blue car with about five people inside, including Benton and Brown, drove past and a juvenile girl pointed her finger out of the car window at a 15-year-old female standing outside with her parents.
The car drove a little farther up the street, parked and the occupants got out and walked back toward the female victim, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.
“The juvenile girl started saying inappropriate things to the other girl and to the girl’s father,” Morrison said. “The father advised the juvenile that she needed to leave. The juvenile then said she would assault him too.”
At that point, another vehicle drove up with two men riding on top of the hood and two older males inside. The two older men got out of the car and the girl’s father told them to leave as well, authorities said.
“One of the men confronted the father and swung on him,” Morrison reported. “The father was able to get that male off when the others jumped on him.”
Someone pulled the men off the father when one of the men pulled out a gun.
In the meantime, the females from the first car jumped on the 15-year-old victim and her mother, as well as the victim’s 11-year-old sister, hitting them in the face and the head.
“The mom then turned around and saw a male from the other car had a gun in her face,” Morrison said.
The victim’s father was able to get everyone inside the house and called 911.
“While the males were leaving the scene, one threatened to come back and kill them,” Morrison said.
NCSO Deputy Felicia Jefferson said on Thursday that it appears the fight started over a verbal altercation between Benton and the 15-year-old victim, who both attend Newton High School.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, Jefferson said.