Crime

3 adults arrested for urging teens' fight

KENNEWICK -- Three adults were arrested Thursday after a YouTube video showed them encouraging two teen girls into a brawl in Zintel Canyon.

Kennewick police were called to the canyon about 5 p.m. Wednesday because a fight was reported.

"By the time officers arrived, there was no fight, but there was clearly still a confrontation going on," said Detective Chris Littrell.

"The officers saw two groups arguing but no fighting. They interviewed several people, including adults who told the officers there had been no fight. The officers took down names but since there were no injuries, they then left the scene," he said.

But the next day, a concerned parent called Kennewick police to report that the fight in Zintel Canyon was on YouTube.

"The video gave a good (identifiable) angle of the location in Zintel Canyon, and those adults who claimed there hadn't been a fight were seen encouraging the fight between the teenagers," Littrell said. "The video shows a definite rioting situation."

Arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor were Kennewick residents Jessenia Cantu, the 20-year-old sister of one of the fighters; Billie Vincent, the mother of one of the fighters; and Vincent's boyfriend, Michael Belote. Ages were not listed for Vincent or Belote.

The two fighters, ages 14 and 15, were arrested and later released from the Benton County Juvenile Center in Kennewick.

Police also discovered that after the arrests were made, the YouTube video was yanked from the internet.

"Fortunately, we made a copy of that video that clearly identifies those involved," Littrell said.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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