BALTIMORE - Cell phone video has surfaced of a fight that broke out between a 17-year-old girl and a library security guard on Monday, and which resulted in charges for the teen, reports CBS Balitmore.
The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, was allegedly the instigator in the altercation. According to CBS Baltimore, she was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. No charges have been filed against the guard.
The video - captured by the girl's friend - shows a wild skirmish between the 17-year-old and a security guard at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in East Baltimore, with both sides throwing punches. Eventually, the guard is able to subdue the young woman and hold her on the ground.
"We want people to know what happened leading up to what they see on the video," Robert Encina, spokesman for the library, told CBS Baltimore. He said that the fight broke out after the teen moved a chair and refused to put it back, at which point she was confronted by the guard and asked to leave.
"Next thing she did was she threw the chair, started screaming and yelling at [the guard], punched him, bit him and even pulled out a pepper spray," Encina told the station. "His number one goal there was just to subdue her and calm the situation down."
The police report states that police officers, reviewing footage from the library's cameras in addition to the cell phone video, determined that the teen did get in the guard's face and attempted to pepper spray him after he tried to forcibly remove her.
Though the guard was not arrested, Encina told CBS Baltimore that the library is conducting its own investigation into the incident. "Clearly, we are looking into this to make sure all the rules were followed and looking into all the actions that were taken," he said.