Teen arrested in viral street brawl pleads not guilty
Jontaianna Pitts, 18, faces 3 felony charges
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An 18-year-old woman arrested in connection with a Jacksonville street brawl captured in a video that went viral pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three felony charges.
Jontaianna Pitts is charged with aggravated battery, felony battery on a security guard and criminal mischief.
Pitts is out on $30,009 bond, but prosecutors plan to file a motion to increase her bond.
She will be in court again June 26.
A day after Pitts was arrested, two more women were charged in the brawl.
Zakeria Johnson, 24 and Ronetta Wright, 21, are both accused of punching someone with closed fists.
The fight started at a shopping plaza on Moncrief Road, and about 90 minutes later, police say another fight involving the same people took place at Simonds-Johnson Park nearby.
Several people filmed it, and even streamed it on Facebook Live.
Wright repeatedly hit one victim, who is pregnant, and kicked her while she was on the ground, including kicking the victim in the head multiple times, according to police.
Police said that during the brawl, Wright also hit a car with a baseball bat, smashing out the driver's side rear window as she attempted to pull the pregnant victim out of the car.
Members of Pitts’ family said she was working when women showed up at the business to fight her. Then, the chaos began, and it was caught on camera.
Police said Pitts was seen in the video swinging a bat and hitting people, but her aunt says the video doesn’t tell the whole story.
“Things led up to that,” Tiara Hernandez said. “It wasn’t just Jontaianna swinging a bat, it was Jontaianna defending herself and her mom if that was even Jontaianna. I can’t say, I wasn’t there.”
Pitts has a prior felony arrest for possession of a weapon on school property.
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