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Caught on Video: Arrest Made in Augusta Mall Fight


A 17-year-old girl was arrested Thursday in connection with violent Augusta Mall fight last month that was caught on video and circulated over the Internet.

Keoshamine Nero, 17, was charged Thursday with simple battery in the case.

A graphic video of the fight quickly circulated on YouTube and other sites and raised questions about safety at the mall. The brawl happened outside of Forever 21 around 9 p.m. on a Saturday night in February. A store manager told WJBF-TV that a patron broke up the brawl.

On the 39-second video, the brawl shows a group of girls attacking another group unexpectedly inside the Augusta Mall, even dragging one of the victims by the hair.

Mall management even released a statement, assuring customers that safety was a top priority and mentioning a customized public safety program.

The Sheriff’s Office said they would not pursue the case unless a victim came forward, but a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old girl eventually came forward to report the assault.

Nero remains in jail at this hour under $1,300 bond.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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