By NR Staff • 

Teen attacks strolling park couple

Two girls in their early teens were arrested by McMinnville police Monday for provoking an assault on a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl in Lower City Park.

The 15- and 16-year-old girls, both from McMinnville, were lodged in the Yamhill County Juvenile Detention Facility on one count each of third-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct. They were also cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol.

The assault charge is a Class C felony and the disorderly conduct charge a Class B misdemeanor. The News-Register normally identifies juvenile crime suspects only when they are charged with Class A or B felonies, the most serious under Oregon law.

Capt. Dennis Marks gave this account:

About 8:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of a fight in the creekbed area. The initial report indicated about seven youths had ganged up on a young couple.

Officers were able to round up most of the teens before they could flee. Based on statements of both involved parties and independent witnesses, the two girls were with several adult and juvenile friends when they began verbally harassing a passing couple.

The 15-year-old escalated the situation by threatening the female and first shoving, then punching, her male companion. When he responded by fighting back, the rest of the group jumped in, repeatedly kicking and punching him in the head as one of their number shot video.

The two victims were transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center.

Police obtained the video, and said it promised to support additional arrests. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call them at 503-434-7307.

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