Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Charges Filed in Aug. 8 Fight at Busch Gardens

Charges have been filed against Christine Nicole Howard (23-years-old of Candler, NC), Elizabeth G. Marrero (27-years-old of Candler, NC) and Junika Marionette Dunn, (30-years-old of New Bern, NC) in an Aug. 8 fight at Busch Gardens. Suspects remain at large (Courtesy of James City County Police Department)

WILLIAMSBURG — James City County Police Department (JCCPD) has announced that suspects have been identified and charges filed against three North Carolina residents regarding an Aug. 8 fight at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW).

On Sunday, Aug. 8, a fight broke out in the queue line of the park’s roller coaster, Griffon. At the time of the incident, JCCPD reported that there were three victims, with one sent to the hospital for injuries sustained. Video of the altercation was posted to social media and went viral.

Police have identified the women involved in an Aug. 8 fight at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as North Carolina residents Christine Nicole Howard, Elizabeth G. Marrero, and Junika Marionette Dunn. Charges have been filed against the women as they remain at large. (Courtesy of James City County Police Department)

JCCPD put out a call to action for public assistance in identifying three women from the video who fled the scene prior to officers arriving.

In an Aug. 10 email to WYDaily, Matthew Klepeisz, public relations manager for BGW, said, “This behavior is not tolerated and does not align with the experience we want guests to have while visiting our park.”

JCCPD has since identified the women as Christine Nicole Howard, 23, and Elizabeth G. Marrero, 27, of Candler, N.C., and Junika Marionette Dunn, 30, of New Bern N.C.

On Monday, Oct. 11, JCCPD announced that charges have been filed against Howard, Marrero, and Dunn. These charges include:

  • Assault and battery
  • Felony maiming

As of Monday morning, all three women remain at large.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Howard, Marrero or Dunn is asked to give JCCPD a call at (757) 566-0112. Residents can also call the Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP or submit tips online through the website, P3Tips.com. Callers to the Crime Line and those who submit through P3Tips.com may remain anonymous, will not be compelled to testify in court and may be eligible for up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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