Two Burlington sisters were charged Wednesday in Des Moines County District Court with attacking two other women with a tire iron and hammer during an altercation Sunday afternoon on South Hill.
Keneesha Brown, 20, 611 W. Van Weiss, West Burlington, and Tonisha Brown, 24, 919 N. St., Burlington, surrendered to authorities about 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Des Moines County jail.
They both appeared Wednesday before District Associate Judge Jennifer Bailey, who set each of their bonds at $5,000 cash or surety. Bailey ordered the two women to next appear in court at 2 p.m. Oct. 20.
Keneesha Brown was charged with two counts of willful injury causing serious injury and one count of going armed with intent.
Tonisha Brown was charged with willful injury causing bodily injury and going armed with intent.
The women were charged following a fight with two other people about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of Fifth and Maple streets.
Those women, Michelle Adams and Tybeisha Adkins, were injured during the disturbance and transported to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Burlington police have not released the motive for the altercation other than to say several women in Burlington have been involved in an ongoing feud for the past several weeks.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, Keneesha Brown asked Bailey how she could have charges filed against the two women who were injured in the fight.
“I had my nose broken and I want to press charges against them (the women) for that,” she told Bailey. “How can I do that?”
Bailey told her a Des Moines County public defender had been appointed to represent her on the charges and she needed to discuss with him the possibility of filing counter charges. Bailey also told Brown that, as a judge, she could not provide legal advice to her.
According to district court records released Wednesday, Burlington officers viewed a video of the fight that was posted on Facebook — and elsewhere — before determining if the Browns should be charged.
“On the video, detectives see Adkins on the ground fighting with Tonisha Brown,” court records state. “Keneesha approached with what appears to be a tire iron, swings it and strikes Adkins in the head … An unknown male then pulls Adkins up and away and then Tonisha begins fighting with Adams and they go to the ground, where Tonisha swings at Adams with the tire iron and appears to hit her in the head.
“A few moments later, Keneesha comes back into the video frame and swings a hammer at Adams’ head and body nine times, striking her at least six times. The parties then separate and the video ends.”
According to the complaint filed against the Browns, “earlier in the day, prior to the fight, they (the Browns) came to where Adams and Adkins live (on Vine Street), threatening to fight them. Adkins and Adams, who are roommates, called the police but due to the (police) call load, it took 40 minutes for the police to arrive.”
By that time, the Browns had left the area.
When police responded to the scene a second time following the actual fight, the Brown sisters had again fled the area.
An ambulance was also dispatched to the scene of the altercation. Adams was transported to GRMC. Adkins was taken to medical center by private ambulance for treatment.
The Browns met with detectives Tuesday and decided to surrender to authorities Wednesday morning after learning warrants would be issued for their arrests. The investigation is ongoing and additional people could be charged in connection with the incident, police said.