Police are investigating escalating violence between two groups in Monroe County.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police were called to a home invasion last night inside a private community in Coolbaugh Township.
We’re told the assault that happened appears to be in retaliation from an earlier incident at a school bus stop.
Police are investigating a home invasion that happened last night just before seven on Rolling Hills Drive inside A Pocono Country Place. We’re told two men forced entry into this home and assaulted 40-year-old Tawanna Hargroves, causing a head injury.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Chris Wagner says, "It was not a gunshot wound. We’re not sure at this point exactly what made that wound. But that victim is in stable condition."
Police say the incident appears to be in retaliation. It's a result of two groups feuding over a bullying incident on a school bus. Yesterday morning members of the victim’s group went to a bus stop in the area and assaulted a child.
Wagner says, "An adult male, part of that group walked up and punched a 12-year-old girl, punched her in the face and as it turns out that 12-year-old had nothing to do with this dispute."
We reached out to Pocono Mountain School District. A spokesperson tells us they are monitoring the situation but were unaware bullying was involved. What’s making the two incidents difficult for police to determine charges right now is a lack of cooperation from those involved.
Wagner says, "The information that’s being provided to investigators is very sketchy, a lot of it is conflicting."
But police hope everyone learns a lesson from what happened.
Wagner says, "When these type of incidents happen the best recourse is to go through the school, call the police, don’t take matters into your own hands."
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Pocono Mountain Regional Police.