Another Suspect Arrested in Battery Incident

Samantha Smith
Samantha Smith

Another arrest has been made in the Monday night battery incident at Wythogan Park in Knox.

Samantha Smith, 19, was arrested Tuesday night for her alleged involvement in the incident. She was reportedly in a car during the altercation.

The battery occurred Monday night inside Wythogan Park. A juvenile boy was struck in the head by another juvenile. The force resulted in the victim falling to the ground where his head hit the cement walkway. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and transported the boy to IU Health Starke Hospital. The victim was then airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

According to witness statements given to a Knox officer, the suspect left the scene in a gold-colored passenger car. An off-duty police officer with the LaPorte City Police Department later located the vehicle in the Parkview area, as stated in a news release. The juvenile who was involved in the battery was detained and has a preliminary charge of battery. Smith was arrested the next day. She has a preliminary charge of assisting a criminal, a Level 6 felony.

Formal charges are pending and the case remains under investigation with the Knox City Police Department.