Clifton police arrest, charge 2 as adults following 'retaliation' attack against 17-year-old

Posted at 2:56 PM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-08 13:15:51-04

Two arrests have been made and a third is pending after an attack against a 17-year-old girl at Clifton City Park Monday night.

Clifton police have arrested 17-year-old Savannah Walker and Ahliah Vestal and have charged the two, as adults, with aggravated assault in retaliation, a first-degree felony that can lead up to five or more years in prison, according to Clifton Police Chief Chris Blanton.

"Both have bonded out of the Bosque County Jail," said Blanton. "A third arrest is coming on a 16-year-old female."

Police said they responded to the fight on Monday to find that a 17-year-old had assaulted another female, and obtained video filmed by another individual at the scene.

"I want to stress that this did not happen at Clifton High School nor did it relate to anything at Clifton High School," said Blanton in an update on Thursday. "However, due to the seriousness of the offense, and because these girls are CHS students, per their code of conduct and per state education laws, the school must take action on their end."

As of Thursday, Clifton High School has "already started implementing steps to protect all of the involved students," according to Blanton.

"... [I] can confirm that they are not taking this lightly," said Blanton. "Those involved (even those not arrested) are being dealt with in a very serious manner and will not be posing a threat to other students at CHS for the foreseeable future."

The mother of Maya shared additional details on her social media page regarding the incident.

Julie Kross said in her statement Maya was at the park to lend a pair of shoes to her "best friend," whom the mother is saying intentionally lured Maya out to the suspects and spectators.

Kross said the assault was in retaliation regarding a police report they filed around a month ago.