Girls to be charged as adults in Temple assaults

Kanesha Gainey. Bail set at $75,000.
Kanesha Gainey. Bail set at $75,000.
Posted: March 28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA 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, spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson said. Estes and Bilaal were being held on $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 the Temple campus Friday.

In one, a female Temple student was smashed in the face with a brick, requiring hospitalization. Two other female students were punched and hit, police said.

Detectives said that they hadn't yet determined a motive in the case but that the girls had made statements to police. The investigation continues, they said.

Bilaal, Estes, and Gainey face charges of 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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