Florida mother accused of driving teenagers to street fight, inciting violence, police say

Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Feb. 10 2022, Published 7:56 p.m. ET

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A Facebook fight between two teenage girls ended with the arrest of a Florida mother accused of inciting a violent youth riot, police said.

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Iris Rivera Roman and her daughter reportedly recently got into a bitter exchange on Facebook with another mother and daughter.

According to an arrest report obtained by WINK-TV, Roman “created a substantial and unjustifiable risk” when she drove her daughter and five other teenagers to a street fight involving almost 30 people in Fort Myers.

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“We returned home and there was a very large police presence on Canal Street and even larger presence of cars with a mixture of adults teenagers and even infants,” an area resident told the television station about the incident. “We’ve had violence in this neighborhood before and other areas but to see it spread out over almost a two-block radius, it was just shocking.”

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According the arrest report, Roman told officers she accompanied her daughter to the scene because she believed it would be better if she were present.

During the chaotic incident, the mother allegedly punched a girl in the face, police said.

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Roman was charged with inciting violence and was released on bond.

Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

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