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Facebook fight video prompts three Kingsport arrests

April 1st, 2014 3:33 pm by Rain Smith

Facebook fight video prompts three Kingsport arrests

From left to right, Rebecca Bowlin, Robbie Bowlin and Brandi E. Pishner.

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport woman's decision to post a Facebook video of her fighting a juvenile has prompted her own arrest, along with two additional adults who didn't immediately intervene and appeared to encourage the confrontation.

Robbie Bowlin, 41, and Rebecca Bowlin, 38, both of 423 Sequoyah Drive, Kingsport, are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a child. Rebecca Bowlin is additionally charged with disorderly conduct, as is the woman who arrived at their home and allegedly spurred the incident, Brandi E. Pishner, 25, of 3860 Rocky Hill Lane.

According to affidavits filed in Kingsport General Sessions Court, on Thursday Kingsport police were made aware of the video. Court records state it was uploaded to Pishner's Facebook page, with the incident occurring on Wednesday.

A Times-News review of the online footage indicates Pishner walked toward the front of the Bowlins' home. Rebecca Bowlin exits the sidewalk onto the street, with Pishner appearing to put her finger in Bowlin's face.

The video shows a punch being thrown, with the affidavit saying it is Rebecca Bowlin striking Pishner. At that point, the juvenile, a 15-year-old female, punches Pishner, with the pair ultimately falling down onto the curb.

The person shooting the video then exits a car and walks closer to the fight. At that point in the 53-second clip, Robbie Bowlin, according to court records, can be heard "saying something about pulling hair" — and "seemed to be encouraging (the juvenile) to fight."

The Bowlins stand above the juvenile and Pishner for several seconds, watching the girl deliver blows to the side of Pishner's head. Rebecca Bowlin eventually says, "All right, get up," and the girl complies, kicking Pishner in the head before walking away.

Kingsport police report speaking with the Bowlins and Pishner, with all acknowledging that they are the individuals in the footage. Warrants were obtained for their arrests, and they were taken into custody Monday afternoon and booked into the city jail.

All three of the suspects were arraigned Tuesday morning. Their next court dates are set for June 19.

Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton says the juvenile involved also faces charges in the incident.

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