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Woman accused of punching 16-year-old during organized fight

Published: Thu, January 10, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Susan Tebben



A woman was taken into police custody, accused of punching a 16-year-old during an organized fight by 14 teenagers.

One of the teens is the nephew of the woman arrested.

Patsy J. Higgins-Lomax, 34, of 1847 Woodland Trace, is charged with assault, inciting violence, nine counts of child endangering and nine counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors — all first-degree misdemeanors. She was in the Mahoning County jail.

Police responded to the residence on a complaint of suspicious activity and said they found 14 teenagers in an organized fight in her garage.

According to the complaint, three carloads of juveniles had arrived at the residence. When police arrived, shouting, laughing and cheering could be heard coming from the garage, an Austintown police report stated.

A female, later determined to be an 18-year-old, was heard saying “there would be no hair pulling and that she would be the referee,” the report by Officer Valorie Saluga stated.

Saluga called for assistance. Police went to the back of the house and found a 19-year-old, who told police Higgins-Lomax had been encouraging the fighting in the garage.

While police gathered information, the garage overhead door was opened and Saluga reported witnessing Higgins-Lomax strike a 16-year-old in the face. Higgins-Lomax was wearing black and red fighting gloves at the time. Police took her into custody.

Higgins-Lomax said she “was working out in the basement and had no idea what was going on in the garage,” the police report stated. She also told police she struck the teen because she was shoved.

The 16-year-old had “several abrasions” on his body, and one of the 17-year-olds was bleeding from the nose.

The female who had been announcing the rules to the fight was identified and told police “they all got beefs and we are working them out,” the police report stated.

Five 18-year-olds, five 17-year-olds, three 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old were found in the garage.

All the juveniles were released to their parents or after speaking to their parents, and those who were injured declined medical treatment.


1ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Huh, kids working out their beefs with a little old school fighting. No guns or knives or weapons. Sounds like a real life fight club. Maybe the police need to worry about the encroaching of the Westside hood on Atown and a little less on a fist fight!

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2mim1237(7 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

ElPollo, maybe you should go to school to be an Officer before you judge. If a grown woman hits a 16 year old she deserves to be arrested. Laws are laws and if you break them there are consequnces. I know accountability is a thing of the past and I am sure you feel you know better than all police Officers and probably the courts, but I bet you won't step up to do their job. You would rather just tell them HOW to do there job. I am pretty sure if the gangs are here, they are trying to address them. However, they have to have evidence of crimes and build cases, because if not, people like you criticize and file lawsuits. Why don't you walk a mile or better yet stick to what you do for a living and let them do their jobs. The courts and citizens sure don't make their jobs any easier.

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3ElPolloRetrasado(212 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Wow Mim, I guess you missed the whole point of my comment! My point being that back before wackos shot and stabbed everyone in sight beefs were settled the old fashioned way, with a little fisticuffs. Now lets look at someone who is judging...innocent until proven guilty right?! Then we can't claim this woman is guilty now can you? Nothing was mentioned of "gangs", no one told anyone "HOW" to do their job, no one said they knew better than anyone else and you don't know me so if you want to say people like me you better step up and come meet me before you make such a stupid claim. Now since your feable little mind obviously can't grasp the concept I'll stoop to your level and tell you that it's whiney, little, pi$$ant, douchebags such as yourself that let the real criminals get away with major crimes because you are to busy calling the cops on your neighbors for some noise or too much traffic!

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4mim1237(7 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

ELPOLLO talk about Ignorance maybe you should reread your comment. Its nice to know that you are able to intelligently express yourself by going into a rant such as that of a 5 year old. You are the one who mentioned the westside hood, so excuse me for referring to that as a gang. But you are also the one who stated that the police should worry about that instead of on a fist fight. Its a shame you think its acceptable that an adult punches a juvenile. And by the way my entire family is law enforcement, so as far as anyone getting away with what you call "REAL" crime is completely false. I enforce laws everyday. I do not call the police on neighbors for petty things. But an adult punching a kid is not a little thing. And as far as innocent until proven guilty, I never said she was guilty. My response was to your ridiculous comment that the police shouldn't worry about a fist fight and should worry about the Westside hood. So if you want to stoop to calling names, so be it. It just shows your ignorance and immaturity. I am fed up with people constantly telling police what they should or should not be enforcing. And I do not think you can deny you said that. I will not stoop to your level and get into name calling and juvenile antics so this is the last response I will leave on this issue.

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