Women tussle over unpaid towing bill

WARREN – Two Warren women were arrested late Monday after a city police report states a Fifth Street SW apartment was broken into and a fight ensued over an unpaid towing bill.

Police were called to the Hampshire House complex about 11:15 p.m. to investigate a shots fired call. Officers had to chase down two female juveniles, one carrying a firearm, from the fence line of the property. Two other women were also in the parking lot, the report states.

A woman in one apartment told officers that two of her neighbors from across the hall had broken into her apartment while she was hiding in the pantry area. Witnesses said one of the women struck one of the juveniles and choked the other while trying to find the woman in the pantry. Once in the pantry, the hiding woman was struck in the head with a gun. The victim then hit one of the intruders in the head with a bottle. As the two intruders were pushed out the front door, the gun went off, the report states, with the projectile coming to rest in the overhang outside the apartment.

Witnesses said one intruder dropped the gun and one of the juveniles picked it up and ran toward the parking lot.

One of the women, identified as an intruder, was later seen coming out of her apartment with no clothes on as she attempted to re-enter the apartment, the report states.

Police later learned the dispute had been ongoing since Saturday when one of the women had used the other’s vehicle, which was towed, and she reportedly refused to pay the bill.

Asia Yates, 21, and Brayasha Clark, 27, were arrested and Yates was taken to jail early today after she was treated at St. Joseph Warren Hospital for a cut to the head, the report states. Both were arraigned today.

Yates pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and two counts of assault. Bond was set at $10,000, and she was scheduled for a preliminary hearing 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26 before Municipal Judge Thomas Gysegem. The judge ordered Yates not to have contact with the victim.

Clark pleaded not guilty to an aggravated burglary charge and she was ordered not to have contact with one of the juvenile victims, court records show. Bond was set at $10,000 and she also is scheduled for an Oct. 26 before Judge Gysegem.


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