Roommates’ spat turns physical

On January 31, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Police were called to a Canal Lane apartment last week, responding to a request to assist in the removal of personal property from the residence.

Upon arrival, officers were met by a woman, Taquana Hardin, 21,who told them that she wanted the reporting party, Felicia Murphy, 19, removed from her apartment immediately because she was running late for work, according to reports.

Officers reported that Hardin appeared to be highly agitated and walked away from them towards the entrance of the residence saying, “That bitch thinks that she can call the cops on me.”

As Hardin held the door open at the building’s entrance police reportedly advised Hardin to calm down, but she denied that she was in an agitated state.

At this time police noted that several full trash bags were sitting around the lobby area. Hardin reportedly told officers that Murphy was upstairs collecting her personal belongings, even though she also told them that she had no type of friendship or personal relationship with her.

Murphy reportedly appeared shortly thereafter and reportedly asked the officers for help in carrying down a box that contained the last of her personal possessions.

A verbal argument then broke out between the two women, which soon developed into a physical altercation, police said.

The women pulled at each other’s hair as police tried prying them apart, according to reports.

Eventually subdued and secured, both women were placed under arrest and charged with mutual assault and battery.


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