The battery of two girls at an underage drinking party on April 14 was
posted on Facebook, Portage Police said.
Four juvenile girls have been charged in connection with the incident.
According to police, on Monday, April 16, Portage High School Resource
Officer Michael Candiano learned of an underage drinking party held at a
Portage residence the previous Saturday.
At that party, police said, “two female juveniles were battered by a group
of eight to 10 girls who belong to a group that call themselves the ‘Squad.’
The victims sustained numerous facial injuries/scratches, including a bloody
nose, as a result of being punched and kicked.”
The incident was videotaped and subsequently posted to Facebook, police
After speaking to the victims and reviewing the video, Candiano made contact
with four suspects, who admitted their involvement in the battery and
advised “that the fight began after one of the victims sat in a chair that
was previously occupied by one of the attackers.”
The fight ended, police said, when the adult owners of the home where the
party was held broke it up and “dispersed” the juveniles in attendance.
The four suspects have been charged with battery and disorderly conduct,
while a possible charge of criminal gang activity is pending, police said.
“Only four of the attackers have been positively identified,” police added.
“It is believed that the other suspects are also juveniles who live in Lake
County. They have yet to be identified.”
“We will not tolerate this type of activity in our city,” Portage Police
Chief Troy Williams said. “Those who choose to participate in this type of
behavior will also be arrested.”