A Lansford woman and two female juveniles from Nesquehoning have been charged in connection with a New Year's Day assault in Tamaqua.

On that day, Officer Joseph Krebs was dispatched to 150 Owl Creek Road at 3:12 p.m. for a disturbance/fight in progress. On scene, he spoke with Shellie Stahler, who said she and her 16-year-old daughter had been assaulted by a group of teenage girls traveling in a black Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep was last seen traveling Owl Creek Road toward Summit Hill.

The officer attempted to find the suspect vehicle but were unsuccessful and had the Schuylkill County Communications Center alert other police departments concerning the incident.

He then went back to the Stahler home, but no one answered the door. Approximately 30 minutes later, Stahler called the communications center and the officer drove to St. Luke's Miners Campus, Coaldale, to speak with her.

Stahler and her daughter were able to identify two of the alleged attackers.

The ensuing investigation, conducted by Patrolman Karl Harig, involved multiple police jurisdictions and interviews with people who were eventually identified as occupants of the Jeep.

After reviewing all of the participants' and victims' statements, charges of simple assault and harassment were filed against Gabrielle Santiago, 18, of 226 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, for punching Stahler. The two Nesquehoning girls, 16-and 17-year old sisters, were charged with simple assault, and harassment for striking Stahler's daughter.