ELLWOOD CITY (KDKA) — Four people face assault and harassment charges after an Ellwood City woman said she was attacked while attending a baptism.
The victim in this case told police she was attending a baptism in someone’s home when she was beaten and robbed. KDKA’s Lisa Washington spoke to one of the suspects who says that what the victim told police simply isn’t true. She says here was no assault, there was no robbery, there wasn’t even a baptism.
Darcy Young is one of four people charged with assault and harassment for reportedly fighting with Erin Griggle on Dec. 27, at a home in Ellwood City. Griggle told police she walked into a restroom to find Young, and the homeowner, Linda Boots, snorting cocaine.
“I was not using cocaine,” said Young, “…didn’t even start drinking, so she come after me, she was screaming about a 12-pack.”
Griggle told police Young pushed her and punched her in the face. Young shared a video with KDKA; she says she was holding Griggle down, because she thought someone drank her 12-pack of beer.
As for a baptism, Linda Boots says that’s not even possible.
“None of us even go to church,” said Boots, “so I don’t know where she got that from, because I haven’t been to church in I don’t know how many years.”
Griggle also told police a boy in the home took her phone, cash and wedding band out of her purse, and a man in the home, Adam Pounds, held her arms as Darcy Young continued assaulting her. Griggle said another man, Andrew Mercado, dragged her into a bathroom. Griggle, who police say was intoxicated, left the home and called police. Pounds and Mercardo are charged with simple assault and harassment.
Young says she just wants her name cleared. She and the other people charged in this call all have preliminary hearings scheduled for Feb. 9 in Lawrence County.