Girls to be charged as adults in Temple assaults

Najee Bilaal, 16, is being tried as an adult in connection with several assaults on Temple students
Najee Bilaal, 16, is being tried as an adult in connection with several assaults on Temple students
Posted: March 27, 2014

The District Attorney's office will charge three teenage girls as adults in connection with several assaults on Temple students that took place Friday.

Najee Bilaal, 16, Zaria Estes, 15, and Kanesha Gainey, 15, have already been arraigned, D.A. spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson said. Estes and Bilaal are being held on a $100,000 bail, and Gainey's bail was set at $75,000.

Police connected the girls to three attacks that took place within 15 minutes around North 17th Street near Temple's campus on Friday. In one incident, a female Temple student was smashed in the face with a brick, requiring hospitalization. Two other female students were punched and hit, police said.

Bilaal, Estes and Gainey have been charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

They are to appear in court April 10.

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