Facebook comment leads to burglary, teen’s assault

Mother shares story after she and her daughter are assaulted following a comment posted on Facebook (KXAN Photo)
Mother shares story after she and her daughter are assaulted following a comment posted on Facebook (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A teenager is in jail after allegedly tracking down a 16-year-old girl to beat her up following comments made on a Facebook Live video.

On June 24, 2016 at 12:38 a.m., police were called to a reported burglary at a house on Techni Center Drive near US 183.

The burglary victim, Tanisha Thompson, told officers that she heard something outside. When she opened her door, police say two teenagers — identified as Rayan Harris, 18, and a juvenile female — forced their way into her home and began assaulting her and her 16-year-old daughter.

“Eleven o’clock at night, no one should’ve been out like that, especially teenagers, they should’ve been at home,” Thompson said. “I’m an adult, I was trying to actually get them to calm their voices down, get them to leave, and they were throwing profanities at me.”

Police met with the victim on Monday, Jan. 9, to speak with her daughter, who said it all started with a comment on a Facebook Live. The daughter told officers that after she commented on the video, she received threatening messages from Harris asking where she lived.

According to a police affidavit, Harris told the girl she was going to find out where she lived to beat her up. The affidavit does not detail what was said in the Facebook comment. That night, Thompson opened the door to find five people — three female, two male — trying to force their way inside.

Two of the girls were able to get inside, attacking the daughter in the back of the house. The mother, while trying to get them off her daughter, was punched twice in the face. The daughter was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center for her injuries.

“We were like in a fight for our lives,” Thompson said. “I had my baby, was four months of the time, and my niece had to take my son into the restroom to get away so he wouldn’t be in the mix of it, because he was on the bed where they were fighting my daughter.”

Thompson’s daughter told officers that she knew Harris from being on the same volleyball team.

“Just stay involved some kind of way, you know, that’s very critical to know what your kids are being involved in, whether they are bullying her or whether they are being bullied,” Thompson says. “It starts with us parents you know digging into their lives of their children.”

Wednesday, Harris was officially charged with burglary of a residence, a second degree felony, with bond set at $15,000.

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