BENNINGTON — Police are investigating several assaults from last week including one that allegedly took place on the steps of the police station, according to Lt. Lloyd Dean of the Bennington Police Department.
In a press release, Dean said Mark Vanantwerp, of Bennington, was walking down the steps of the police station on South Street on Monday when Starr Crandall, 21, of Bennington, grabbed his shirt and punched him on the right side of his head.
Vanantwerp had come to the police station to report he had been assaulted by three women last Monday around 7:30 p.m. in a parking lot between Pleasant and Main streets. Crandall was allegedly one of the women who assaulted Vanantwerp in the parking lot.
Crandall was cited to appear in Bennington criminal court in October.
On Wednesday, Officer Thomas Bull responded to a report of a fight on Pleasant Street. Bull said there were numerous young women and his investigation indicated two of them had been fighting.
According to Dean, there was also a baby stroller, with a baby inside, at the scene.
Police said the baby’s mother, who was identified only as being 16, and a friend had been approached by a group of other women.
According to police, Billie-Jean Reynolds, 21, of Pownal, began arguing with the mother over a man. Police said the stroller was pushed off to the side and Reynolds punched the mother in the head and grabbed her throat.
Both women landed on the ground fighting before police arrived, Dean said.
Reynolds denied touching the child, who was still in the stroller when Bull arrived. However, the child was not buckled in place and no one was attending to the child so police contacted the Vermont Department of Children and Families as a precautionary measure and to ensure the child’s safety.
Both women were arrested and cited to appear in Bennington criminal court in October to answer to a charge of simple assault by mutual combat.MORE IN Southern Vermont
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