Teen charged with assault in Coggin Park disturbance

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com

"I didn't step on her. I pinned my arms down with my knees while I hit her."

That's the statement a 17-year-old Brownwood girl allegedly made as she was being booked into the Brown County Jail Monday night following a disturbance at Coggin Park, according to a Brownwood police report.

Leighenna Rittiner is accused of assaulting a 15-year-old girl and was charged with assault causing bodily injury. Rittiner was one of two people Brownwood police arrested Monday on assault charges in unrelated cases.

According to a Brownwood police report:

Police were dispatched to Coggin Park at 9:15 p.m. A 15-year-old girl was crying and holding her arm, and the girl told police "I got my ass beat by a grown ass woman."

The girl said her alleged assailant approached her and "said something about having grown men locked up, and that one could not see his child being born," the report states. The 15-year-old girl said the statement was in reference to a sexual assault case. The younger girl alleged that her assailant hit her multiple times and stepped on her right arm.

The girl had a swollen nose, two knots above her right eye and redness on her upper right arm.

The alleged assailant was not at the scene, but police located her a short time later. The girl told police she "lost it" and punched the other girl several times, and stopped and left because a crowd had gathered, the police report states.

At the jail, an officer told the jail intake officer that Rittiner was being charged with assault causing bodily injury. The intake officer asked what was wrong with the younger girl. The officer replied that the girl had several bumps on her face and her arm hurt from being stepped on.

That's when Rittiner allegedly said she didn't step on her but pinned her with her knees while she hit her.

In the other assault case, police were dispatched at 10:55 a.m. Monday to the 2800 block of Avenue E, where a man is alleged to have pulled a knife on his stepson.

The man told police his stepson was "being an ass" and said he only pulled a knife to scare the stepson.

Police arrested Roger Franklin, 65, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, jail records state.

Police are following up on several theft reports including:

• 700 block of Avenue C — tool taken from driveway.

• Value Lodge, 410 E. Commerce — gold teeth taken from room.

• 1600 block of Sixth — wallet taken from truck parked at local store, and credit card used at a business.

• 900 Coleman — tire and rim taken from vehicle.