Two sisters have been charged with assault in an attack on a juvenile girl in an Annapolis Victoria’s Secret store on Black Friday, thanks in part to a viral video that accumulated over 130,000 views on YouTube, Anne Arundel police said in a news release Thursday.
Anne Arundel detectives and Prince George’s County police detained Antonia J. Ash, 18, and Ebonie Ta Shawn Brooks, 31, at their home in the 8400 block of Poplar Hill Drive in Clinton, Md., after serving a search and seizure warrant Thursday. Police recovered evidence in the house implicating Ash and Brooks in the assault.
Ash and Brooks are charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and affray.
The arrest was the result of about 60 days’ worth of tips from the public and reviewing of video surveillance from the Annapolis Mall and the original cellphone video which captured the assault.
Police tracked Ash and Brooks to a store they were previously seen at and subpoenaed store records to find their location.
“I appreciate the tenacity of the detectives investigating this crime,” Anne Arundel Chief of Police Kevin Davis said. “No one should expect or accept this type of behavior at a shopping mall any time of year, especially during the holiday season.”