A Schuylkill County woman is facing a felony assault charge after she refused to turn down music she was playing at the Tamaqua Bungalow public pool.
According to court papers obtained by The Canary, police in Tamaqua say they were called to the public pool in the borough last Friday afternoon. They were told by pool management that 3 women refused to leave when asked because they were playing loud, vulgar music.
During the incident, 2 of the 3 people asked to leave allegedly assaulted police.
Police: Tamaqua Woman Refuses to Turn Down WAP – Her and Her Daughter Assault Officer
Police say Stephanie Crute, of Tamaqua, and her two daughters were at the pool on July 23. They were playing music described as vulgar by pool management and asked to leave.
In court papers, Tamaqua PD’s Andrew Seip describes the music as using “the N word, and the song WAP, and a song in Spanish.”
WAP is the hit song by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion.
Crute tells police that pool manager Beth Jones confronted her over the music and said that it couldn’t be played. She says that both women got “aggressive” and Jones shoved her.
However, Jones told a different story to police. She said that herself and a woman named Jessica Tirpak asked Crute and her daughters to leave the pool for the day. But Crute didn’t leave and Jones said that Tirpak got shoved by Crute during that confrontation.
While at the scene, Seip says he walked Crute to the entrance gate of the Bungalow pool. That was “a few steps back” from her position on the pool property.
Crute again refused to leave. Seip also says Tirpak tried to assist him but that attempt resulted in Crute pushing Tirpak. He tried to separate Crute and Tirpak by pushing Crute back. While doing that, Crute allegedly struck Seip in the head.
“I can’t breathe.”
Seip says he eventually tried to place Crute under arrest. While doing that, he says one of Crute’s daughters intervened and hit him from behind.
Seip says he was assisted by Officer Ray Tonkinson who then attempted to place Crute under arrest while he tried to place her daughter under arrest. He says they both resisted until they got the cuffs on both of them.
Then, while getting them back to the police cruisers, Crute kicked Seip, he says. As they were putting Crute and her daughter in the cars, they each said they couldn’t breathe. So, Seip says he called EMS providers to have them evaluated.
Tonkinson drove Crute’s daughter back to the Tamaqua police station while West Penn Township Officer James Bonner took Crute there “due to the hostile environment.”
Crute’s daughter was released into her father’s custody once they reached the station, Seip says.
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