Henrico family fights possible eviction after teens fight

Published: Apr. 6, 2015 at 7:04 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 16, 2015 at 7:04 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A fight at a Henrico apartment complex was caught on video, and now the families of both teens involved are being told to find a new place to live.

But one of the mothers says her daughter is a victim and was just walking home from school when she was attacked.

The fight happened between two teenage girls at the Overlook at Brook Run apartments off of Brook Road.

"As I was talking to somebody else, that's when she came behind me and she hit me," said Teasia. She says her back was turned. Teasia is the teen in the video who ends up on the ground. She said she doesn't know the other girl but admits hitting back to defend herself. "I just covered my face because I couldn't really fight back because there were a lot of people around, then she had kicked me," she said.

Her mother, Theresa Roberts, called police. "Her temple, her forehead was all swollen," she said.

The families were notified they had to be out by Friday, April 3, and only got an extension after Roberts, who is a single mother, begged. "I went back I was crying and I'm begging," she said. "Please give me at least 30 days. There's no way I can move out here in two days. She said they were both fighting and you both have to leave, I can't put one out and not put the other out."

Landmark Properties owns the apartment complex. Company president Brian Chase said he thought site managers did enough of an investigation.

"We were told by multiple witnesses that this was essentially an argument and a fight between two teenagers that decided to get into a fight. It wasn't one being an aggressor and the other being in self-defense mode," he said.

But Roberts say a police report was filed and the other teenager has been charged with assault. "She's the victim, we're the victims," he said.

Legal experts say a clause like this in a lease is common and situations like this happen often.

"Two tenants get in to a dispute and the management decides a pox on both your houses we're going to start the steps to evict both of you," says Martin Wegbreit with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. "If you truly don't believe that you were at fault or that your guests and visitors were at fault and when the truth comes out that will be shown in court, I encourage people to stay and contest it."

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