RALEIGH — Five women were arrested early Thursday at an apartment on Indica Drive on charges that three of them were punching a woman who lives there, the fourth had hit a police officer in the head and the fifth would not follow officers’ orders to move away.
According to online arrest reports and arrest warrants, four of the women appear to be roommates in an apartment on Mill Tree Road. The fifth woman lives in the apartment where it all happened.
The quintet was arrested about 1:15 a.m. in apartment 535 at 7111 Indica Drive, police said.
In arrest warrants, police charged Mary Katherine Pate, 23, and Sophie Jean Pugh, 20, with assault and battery.
The warrant for Pate, who lists her occupation as a student at Mitchell’s Academy, charged she hit the woman who was assaulted “in the face several times with a closed fist.”
Pugh, police said, assaulted the woman by “punching her in the face with a closed fist repeatedly.”
Brittney Elizabeth Bain, 20, who told police she was a Peace College student, was charged with simple assault for what police wrote was a punch to the woman’s face with a closed fist and with injury to property for holes that had been put in the apartment door. An arrest report spelled her name Brittney while the arrest warrant spelled it Britney.
Brittney Elizabeth Burke, 21, who said she is a server at a restaurant, was charged with assault on a government official. Police said in a warrant that she had hit Officer E.E. Tansey “in the head with an unknown object.” Officers think it may have been a picture frame, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
The fifth woman, charged with resisting orders from the police, was Jana Valon Hughes, 24, who lives in the apartment and is a restaurant hostess.
On an arrest report, Pate’s address is listed as 3516 Mill Tree Road, Apt. B4. On the warrant, it is listed as 4811 Sturne Brook Road, Apt. 202.
Pugh is listed on the warrant as living in the Mill Tree Road apartment, but has no address on the report.
Burke and Bain both gave the Mill Tree Road as their addresses.
Sughrue said that police believe there had been an ongoing dispute between Hughes and the woman who was punched, and it led to the fight Thursday.
The arrested women were all on bond.
The woman who was punched did not require hospitalization, police said.