BURRILLVILLE – Two teenage girls were remanded to the Rhode Island Training School after first trying to evade, and then physically assaulting and threatening police officers during an incident last month.
The girls, both age 17 and from Burrillville, were charged with two counts of felony assault of a police officer, along with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, simple assault, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer.
According to police, the incident began when they were called to the girls’ home around 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23 for a report of two juveniles with “a change in mental status.” The girls had reportedly left the home on foot by the time police arrived.
A parent and a second 61-year-old victim told officers the teens had attacked them and damaged several items in the home, including plants.
GPS tracking on one of the girls’ cell phones showed she was near Echo Lake Campground, but the pair ran off into the woods when spotted by searching officers, according to the arrest report. They were again located and escorted back to the residence, while recording the officers on their cell phones and using various slurs to identify them, the report notes.
Police brought the girls back to the home, but say they would not comply with instructions, and kept attempting to leave. When one was advised she was under arrest she immediately kicked an officer in chest, and was taken to ground while resisting, according to the report. The second teen jumped on top of the arresting officer, and when Officer Jennifer Baker tried to pull her off, reportedly kicked her in the chest.
Both girls continued resisting according to police, and one spit in Baker’s face while threatening her and yelling slurs, then bit Sgt. Brian Pitts’s hand.
The teens were brought to family court on Tuesday, Dec. 27 to answer to the charges.