PASADENA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A school crossing guard in Maryland was attacked by a teen Thursday after trying to record the girl's license plate number to report a traffic violation.
Police say the girl, identified as 18-year-old Brittany Wenzel, of 220 Inlet Drive, Pasadena, Md., ignored the crossing guard's stop sign on Wednesday and drove through the marked crosswalk containing pedestrians when leaving the Northeast High School parking lot around 2 p.m..
The crossing guard, who was wearing a full uniform, was unable to determine the registration number on the vehicle but recognized the driver's actions were against the law, police said.
The following day, May 28, the crossing guard recognized a blue Chevrolet Sonic in the school parking lot and immediately recognized it as the same vehicle involved in the traffic violations the preceding day, police say. The guard approached the vehicle to obtain a digital photograph of the registration plate. The guard's intent was to provide this information to her supervisors and facilitate a potential police investigation into the traffic infractions of May 27.
When the guard got close enough to the car to take a picture, police say Wenzel exited the driver's side door and quickly approached the guard, who was able to identify her as the driver from the previous day.
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Wenzel approached the crossing guard, cursed at her, and told the Crossing Guard that she was not going to take pictures of her and her car, police said. As she made these statements, Wenzel physically grabbed the crossing guard's wrist and hand to forcibly take the cellular phone.
During the struggle, the guard sustained redness to her wrist and arm. The guard successfully retained her phone, upon which time Wenzel slapped the guard in the face, according to police. The guard indicated she was calling police, resulting in Wenzel entering her vehicle and driving away.
Wenzel was located later and positively identified by her driver's license, police say. Continued investigation indicates Wenzel came to the school to pick up her boyfriend.
On Friday, an arrest warrant was issued charging Brittany Anne Wenzel with attempted robbery two counts of second degree assault, attempted theft under $1,000 and the following traffic offenses that occurred on May 27:
- Willfully Disobeying Direction of a School Crossing Guard
- Driver Failure to Stop for Pedestrian in Crosswalk
- Driver Failing to Sound Horn Warning to Pedestrian
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