A teenage girl accused of attacking a 78-year-old woman in a Brooklyn subway station claims that she was only retaliating after the elderly woman threw the first punch. According to the Daily News, Jazmine Watson, 16, and an unnamed 15-year-old girl got into a dispute with the woman on a train pulling into the Franklin Avenue C station in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon. The elderly woman, identified by the tabloid as Norma Trotman, reportedly asked one of the girls to move their feet off of a seat, at which point an argument broke out.
The NYPD claims the two teenagers followed Trotman off of the train and began attacking her, beating her face and body before fleeing on another C train. Watson and the unnamed girl were arrested Friday after their mothers turned them in.
But now Watson refutes that account. Speaking in Brooklyn Criminal Court Saturday night, a prosecutor said "The defendant claims the juvenile only punched the complainant after the complainant punched the juvenile,” according to the News. Both teens have been charged with assault in connection with the subway fight.
The tabloid described Watson as appearing "unapologetic" in court last night, and noted that the teenager fought back tears when a judge released her without bail.