Marine Arrested After Allegedly Pushing Teen Girls Off Cliff
A 20-year-old Marine suspected of pushing two women off of a seaside cliff in San Diego County was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Carlsbad police were told that the bizarre incident stemmed from an argument that erupted between the two women, 17 and 18 years old, and two Camp Pendleton Marines, 20 and 21 years old, around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The women had been drinking with the two Marines that night, police said. After the group began arguing, one of the Marines, Bradley Huston, allegedly pushed both of them off of the cliff, causing the teens to fall 10 to 15 feet.
"I believe they were all part of an interrelated group that was hanging out that night," Carlsbad police spokeswoman Jodee Sasway told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The teens were able to flag down a passerby for help. The 17-year-old woman was taken to a hospital for serious injuries, and the 18-year-old, though injured, did not want to be transported to the hospital. Lisa, an aunt to both of the women, told San Diego 6 family members said that the 17-year-old, identified as Danielle, is at Scripps Memorial Hospital getting treatment for a broken pelvis, back and wrist. Deanna, the 18-year-old woman, suffered fractures in her face and ankle, family members said.
Lisa said she received a call from a family member telling her how the events transpired that day. "My older niece was pushed by him or put his hand on her and they were having words and then my younger niece came over and came up to him and said 'hey why are you talking to my sister like that,'" Lisa told San Diego 6.
"The guy literally picked her up and he threw her off the cliff," she said. Lisa adds that he then pushed her other niece off of the cliff.
Huston was taken into custody at Camp Pendleton on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery causing serious injury. He's into Vista Detention Facility.
Investigators are not clear what the fight was about, though authorities believe alcohol may have played a role in the situation.