PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A man and his wife were arrested after police say they encouraged their 16-year-old daughter to fight a 15-year-old girl during an altercation earlier this month at Turtle Run Park, according to records obtained Tuesday and a police spokesman.
The father, identified as Mike Tirado, 37, was arrested last Friday on a single felony charge and four misdemeanor charges, while his wife, 26-year-old Mariliz Cookie Lopez, was arrested on a single felony charge and two misdemeanors in connection with the April 15 incidents.
Port St. Lucie police began investigating April 18 as the 15-year-old girl's mother said she learned her daughter was in an altercation at a beach in Martin County.
The 15-year-old girl said she was in the altercation with a girl identified by police as the daughter of Tirado and Lopez. After the beach incident, the 15-year-old girl left with her siblings.
She said arrangements were made to meet at Turtle Run Park in the 1900 block of Southwest Cameo Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.
She said she saw about 15 people on one side of the park. She also saw the 16-year-old girl and her parents.
"Get her," Tirado is quoted in the report as saying. "One on one."
Lopez is quoted as saying, "Ya'll done now?"
A witness told police that after the incident the parents said, "Ya'll want some more? Who else wants to (expletive) with my daughter?"
Police learned a student took video, which investigators reviewed and determined an adult male looked "actively involved" and pushed children away. It appeared the other kids were trying to break things up, but he wouldn't let them. A woman looked to be cheering and clapping.
Tirado and Lopez's daughter originally told police there weren't any adults she knew at the park. She said her parents didn't learn of the incident until after it was over.
"The truth was told when I allowed her to watch the video footage," an officer wrote.
She identified the man on the video as her father, Tirado, and the woman as her stepmother, Lopez.
Tirado and Lopez told police they went to the park to make sure no one jumped their daughter.
Tirado said the girls fought, saying he didn't touch any of the kids present. He said Lopez and several neighbors were there.
Police determined Tirado wasn't truthful because the video portrayed a different account.
Tirado and Lopez, both of the 2000 block of Southwest Hampshire Lane in Port St. Lucie, were arrested Friday. Their listed address is near Turtle Run Park.
Tirado was released from the St. Lucie County jail on $15,000 bond, while Lopez was released on $10,000 bond, a jail official said Tuesday.
The teen girls each were placed in a juvenile restorative program on charges of breach of peace and disorderly conduct.
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