SOUTHINGTON - A Wethersfield teen turned herself in on Tuesday on charges connected to an assault at a local park that left a woman with a concussion.
Isabella Casale, 18, is facing charges of second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace.
According to the arrest warrant, the victim told police she had been having some issues with Casale and Casale’s sister, a minor who has not been identified, prior to the assault on Oct. 13. The complainant alleges that she planned on attending a friend’s memorial service that day at Recreation Park, but that Casale’s sister told her if she went, she would fight her.
After attending the service, as she was walking back to her car, the victim said she was grabbed by the hair by a juvenile who spun her around and told her she was going to be involved in a fight. As this happened, Casale and her sister allegedly began punching the victim in the face, causing her to fall down and hit her head, according to the warrant. She was then allegedly kicked repeatedly by the two assailants, the warrant continued.
The victim was later taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial Campus, where she was diagnosed with a concussion. She gave a statement to police five days later, after recovering somewhat from the attack.
Part of the assault was caught on video and posted to a social media website. Police viewed this video and saw the victim on the ground being kicked multiple times.
According to the warrant, the father of Casale and her sister brought the girls to the police department on Nov. 16, when the younger daughter gave a statement to police. In it, the warrant said, she told officers she saw the complainant at the memorial service punching her own fist, trying to make eye contact with her. She admitted to officers that this “got to her,” and that she kicked the woman in the stomach a few times during the attack, according to the warrant.
Casale did not give a statement to police. She was arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said she has no prior convictions.
“This is a violent, violent assault,” state prosecutor Jeffrey Lee said, while vehemently objecting to Casale being released on a promise to appear.
Bail was set at $5,000, which was posted shortly after the hearing. Casale did not enter a plea Tuesday. Her case was continued to Jan. 3.
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