Three women arrested for assault on Saluda riverbank
A cellphone video that recorded the assault has gone viral.
The attack happened along the Saluda River.
By Allyson Sloway
Three women are facing charges of second degree assault and battery by a mob after ruthlessly beating up a young woman along the Saluda River. The attack was recorded on a cellphone by bystanders. It has since gone viral.
The Columbia police arrested and charged 18-year-old Arlinda Craft, 19-year-old Anns Leigh Hill, and 20-year-old Megan Wiliams in the attack. The victim says the beating was unprovoked but the four women attended Pelion High School in Lexington where they had previous problems, according to Columbia police.
Cellphone video of the incident posted on the internet show the trio beating the woman as she lay on the rocks alongside the river.
The victim said she was laying on the riverbank when the three girls pinned her down and began to attack her. She told investigators that she was picked up by the hair and thrown down on the rocks where she finally passed out. She claims that when she woke up she was unable to walk.
The three women are out on bail. Police say other charges are possible against people who recorded the video and did nothing.
Park patrons say they are not worried about their safety at the Columbia Riverwalk. CPD spokesperson Jennifer Timmons agrees, saying investigators believe this is an isolated incident and did not occur at random.