Strip mall brawl suspect freed on bond

Strip mall brawl suspect freed on bond

MT. HEALTHY, OH (FOX19) - A woman accused of being one of the suspects involved in a brawl over the weekend at a Mt. Healthy strip mall is out of jail on bond.

Jasmin Watkins, 33, of Avondale faced a judge for the first time Monday.

She was arrested and charged late Saturday with charged with aggravated riot, resisting arrest and obstructing official business, court records show.

Police initiated a response at Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center off Hamilton Avenue at 10:52 p.m. Saturday, according to Hamilton County dispatchers.

Sgt. Greg Nolte said the space had been rented for a teen party and management became aware of social media posts stating someone was planning to bring a gun to the party, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Nolte said officers responded to the party as a cautionary measure at first, then the management of Playtime USA decided to shut down the party early.

Police say there were more than 200 kids there for a Sweet 16 party.

When officers arrived, one fight was already in progress.

Officers called for backup when they began to worry about their safety.

“The whole thing was a very dangerous situation for all the police officers involved because of the crowd converging on them,” Nolte said.

In all, seven juveniles and one adult were charged with aggravated rioting, according to the Enquirer.

Watkins “aggressive behavior incited” a large crowd to "further behave in a mob-like manner,” police wrote in an affidavit filed in Hamilton Municipal Court.

She also is accused of threatening to “do harm to the officer,” it reads.

An officer approached her and asked her to face away with her hands behind her back, another affidavit states.

Watkins immediately refused and pulled her arms away when an officer “tried to gain control of her arms,” it reads. She told police she was a chaperone at the party.

A second officer helped the first one into subduing Watkins, who police say continued to resist both officers and scratched one of them in the face, court records show.

At that point, an officer drew his Taser and she then complied, the affidavit states.

In addition, the owner of the venue was cited for operating a teen club without a permit and was arrested for unrelated charges involving possible financial crimes.

Two officers were injured in the brawl; one was punched in the face, officials say.

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