By Victor Ochieng
Police have arrested three Solano Community College women basketball players over assault allegations. The three are accused of having brutally beaten a fellow student at Allan Witt Park on Monday. The college has since expelled the girls.
According to police records, the three girls, Justice Robinson, 19, Jai-Nice Robinson, 18, and Kiara Beacham, 19, are accused of having assaulted Dalana Bluford using baseball bats and crowbars.
The college’s spokesperson, Shemila Johnson, said there are other students who’ve also been barred from campus and from interacting with the school’s team. She said that the college took immediate action as soon as they learned of the incident.
“When we found out,” Johnson said, “we took proper action.”
Bluford said that she clearly recognized the girls who beat her up and smashed up her car. She suffered a broken bone close to her eye. Her face was also seriously bruised.
The three girls were booked at the Fairfield county jail on Wednesday night and charged with felony assault, felony vandalism and criminal conspiracy. The vandalism charge is approximated to have caused $50,000 in damage or more.
The father of the assault victim, Larry Bluford Jr., 41, said his daughter had some misunderstanding with fellow students and they had organized to meet at the park to solve their differences. But he now says that meeting must have been a setup put in place to beat up his daughter.
Bluford Jr. said that his daughter was in her car at the park with two other females. At around 6:30 pm, two other vehicles arrived at the park’s parking lot and eight people emerged from the cars carrying baseball bats and crowbars.
His daughter was rushed to NorthBay Medical Center that very night where she received six stitches and endured further treatments before being released. She also visited a specialist on Thursday for further checkup.
The school’s coach has revealed that his team has been reduced to 10 players from 15.
“We’re absolutely horrified by the events and just heartbroken by the decision that unfortunately some of our team members made,” Borchert said. “All our prayers are with the Bluford family and their daughter.”
Fairfield Councilwoman Catherine Moy said she hopes the authorities will do what’s necessary to bring all the perpetrators to justice.
Police officers are still carrying out an investigation to unearth any other students who may have been involved in the heinous act.