Clifton, TX – Two teen girls have been arrested for aggravated assault in connection with a planned attack on a 17-year-old girl in Clifton City Park on Monday night but authorities said more arrests are coming.
Julie Kloss posted to Facebook that her daughter’s best friend lured 17-year-old Maya Tremillo to the park on April 18 by telling her that she needed to return a pair of borrowed shoes, but that wasn’t what was really going on.
“Apparently it had something to do with a boy, and so a mutual friend of these two set up this meeting at the Clifton City Park for the sole purpose of fighting,” Clifton Police Chief Chris Blanton told KWTX. “Once the victim showed up, she got jumped by this girl.”
Chief Blanton said that 17-year-old Savannah Walker and 17-year-old Ahliah Vestal have both been arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
The police chief said both of the girls have been charged as adults, KWTX reported.
“Her best friend then loaded a car full of girls and led another car full of people to attack her,” Kloss wrote in her post. “One other girl jumped out and started beating Maya. The others all stood around watching and encouraging it….and taking video.”
The police chief said Vestal arranged the meeting and encouraged the violence but it was Walker who actually beat Tremillo up when she arrived at the park, KWTX reported.
“Only one person was physically beating her,” Kloss told KWTX. “The rest stood around filming it and encouraging the other girl, saying, ‘get her’ and ‘beat her ass.’”
The mother said the attack on Tremillo was in retaliation for her daughter having filed a police report a month earlier after the same 17-year-old who has been arrested in connection with the assault made threats.
“This was retaliation for a police report we made about a month ago,” Kloss wrote in her Facebook post. “We know that because they were screaming it.”
The mother vowed to make sure the people who hurt her daughter were punished.
“I will do everything in my power to make sure these people are exposed and prosecuted,” Kloss wrote. “Silence is dangerous. Silence kills people. Something has to be done. Something will be done.”
Tremillo was transported to the hospital and treated for her injuries after she was beaten, KWTX reported.
She has since been released to recover at home.
“She’s in a lot of pain and stiff,” her mother told KWTX. “Her back, ribs, and neck hurt. It’s difficult to walk. She suffered a sprained ankle and a concussion.”
“She is traumatized. I’m worried how this will affect her,” Kloss added.
Chief Blanton said a third arrest for aggravated assault involving a 16-year-old was pending, KWTX reported.
However, a lack of available juvenile facilities in the area meant that the 16 year old would be charged but not held in custody at this time.
The police chief said that 16 year old was the one who filmed the attack on Tremillo.
“After some investigation, we can confirm that this was a one-on-one fight based on the video we were given of the altercation,” Chief Blanton said. “There were other people there during the fight, but they did not actively participate in the assault… rest assured, we are going to be charging those involved to the fullest extent of the law.”
The police chief said he had met with Clifton High School (CHS) administrators about the incident and “can confirm that they are not taking this lightly.”
“Those involved (even those not arrested) are being dealt with in a very serious manner and will not be posing a threat to other students at CHS for the foreseeable future,” Chief Blanton wrote in a post to the police department’s Facebook page, according to KWTX.
“We will not tolerate this type of behavior in our city and, especially, in our city park towards the student and citizens who live here. This was not a random attack on an individual at the park. It appears some planning went into this,” the police chief wrote.
He said that the other teens who were present during the attack will not get off scot-free, KWTX reported.
“Being there and filming it, antagonizing it and cheering it on, is not okay,” Chief Blanton said. “These other two didn’t throw a punch, but they helped plan it and helped set it up, filmed it and they encouraged it, so that’s the reason they’re getting charged the same.”
The police chief said rumors that it was an “agreed upon fight or a random attack were not true, KWTX reported.
“Seems like it was a one-way thing, the victim didn’t seem to have many issues with the suspect (Walker), but the suspect had some serious problems with the victim, and that was her way of settling it,” he explained.
Chief Blanton confirmed that Tremillo had filed a police report earlier about the same teen that attacked her, KWTX reported.
”There was a police report filed about a month ago by the victim, and through our investigation found out this was a retaliation for the victim filing the police report, so that makes it a first degree felony,” he said. “It’s not something we’re taking lightly, the school’s not taking it lightly, the community’s not taking it lightly, it’s a very serious thing.”
Tremillo’s sister also took to social media to condemn the attack.
“These were people she knew, and went to school with, who have threatened her in the past,” Tara Isom wrote on Facebook. “She has gone to the police in the past for serious threats that were made, but nothing was able to come from it, due to a lack of evidence other than social media threats.”
“To the people who did this to my sister: I hope you are suspended, I hope you go to jail, and I hope this follows you for the rest of your life. Congratulations, you are all now criminals. One of you even incriminated yourself by posting a video that was taken during the attack to your social media. I hope you get everything that is coming to you, and that life treats you as horribly as you have shown yourself to be,” Isom wrote.
“Lastly, you are all cowards,” she continued. “You ganged up on a barely 100 lb girl who had no idea she was about to be jumped. If you were even decent enough people to feel ashamed, you should.”