One charged, three cited in York High basketball brawl

William Penn High School

An 18-year-old student faces charges after police said she assaulted a York City School District Police officer during a Feb. 25 brawl at a York High basketball game.

In charging documents obtained Friday, March 1, York City Police said Chanel Lanez Watts, a student at the school, kicked an officer during the fight.

In addition to Watts, police have filed disorderly conduct citations for three other adults allegedly involved in the altercation that day. 

Watts, of the 500 block of East Prospect Street, faces two counts each of simple assault and resisting arrest. Both charges are misdemeanors.

As of the afternoon of Monday, March 4, Watts had not been arraigned on the charges.

Alleged incident: Officers responded to York High about 8:10 p.m. Feb. 25 after a report of an assault against a district police officer.

There was a brawl in the bleachers as the Bearcats played Muhlenberg High, and school police attempted to break it up. One officer was attempting to move Watts, but she pulled away despite numerous commands for her to move, court documents state.

When the officer grabbed Watts' right upper arm and wrist, Watts swung her arms in an attempt to get away, according to police.

"Watts sat on the bleachers and kicked (the officer) twice while yelling 'Get off me!'" York City Police Officer Brittany Inkrote wrote in charging documents.

Watts eventually followed commands, and she went with the district officer to the security office, where she was handcuffed until York City Police arrived, according to police.

A listed phone number could not be found for Watts, and she does not have an attorney listed yet. A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled. 

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In addition, York City School District Police filed disorderly conduct citations against Wayne A. Scott, 34, of Springettsbury Township; BreAzanell Sweeney, 20, of North York; and Anthony Viera, 28, of York Haven. 

Listed phone numbers for Sweeney and Viera could not be found. Attempts to reach Scott by phone were unsuccessful Monday. 

The public was barred from York High's Thursday, Feb. 28, game after the Feb. 25 incident. 

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