One of the suspects charged with beating a woman until she lost consciousness recently near the Saluda River pleaded guilty to a separate assault charge in January.
Arlinda Craft, 18, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and battery in January, according to Lexington County public records. The charge stemmed from an incident in November, and Craft was arrested in December. Craft punched a girl in the face repeatedly, while also pulling her hair, according to the arrest warrant.
The fight happened at Craft’s house, according to the incident report. The victim told The State newspaper Craft attacked her because she saw the victim had “liked” a photo Craft’s boyfriend had posted on Instagram.
“I had cuts on my face, black eyes, just bruises everywhere from hitting,” the victim said.
The two knew each other. They had started hanging out in December 2014, the victim said. Shortly before the fight, the victim tried to break things off with Craft and her social circle, she said.
In a video that the victim says shows Craft attacking her, the attacker can be heard saying repeatedly, “I’ll put you to sleep.”
After the incident, the victim pressed charges.
Craft has a rap sheet, as do the other two women charged in the March 15 Saluda River fight. Craft’s previous charges include possession of drugs with intent to distribute near school property, possession of cocaine and LSD and violation of a South Congaree city ordinance.
Previous charges for Megan Williams, 20, include drunk driving, public disorderly conduct and shoplifting. Previous charges for Anns Leigh Hill, 19, include drunk driving, possession or sale of a stolen vehicle and possession of less than 1 gram of methamphetamine or cocaine.