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Woman Punches Man In Movie Chatter Dispute

Victim complained that accused talked during film

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Movie Battery

AUGUST 9--An Indiana woman is facing a battery charge after allegedly slugging a fellow moviegoer in the face after he complained about her talking through the entirety of a showing of “Suicide Squad.”

According to police, LaQuintae Taborn, 34, and William Mason were exiting a theater in Portage early Sunday morning when the confrontation occurred. Cops say that Mason told Taborn, “I just wanted to thank you for talking through the entire movie and ruining it for everyone.”

Taborn, a Gary resident, responded by first shoving Mason and then punching him twice in the face, police allege. Mason, whose glasses were knocked off, declined medical assistance and told cops that he did not wish to press charges.

A probable cause affidavit notes that Mason suffered “pain, swelling, and watering of the eye.”

During police questioning, Taborn reportedly said that she pushed the man when he got close to her. As for the punches, Taborn explained that she hit the man in anticipation of him retaliating for her pushing him.

Police arrested Taborn on a misdemeanor battery charge and booked her into the county jail (where the above mug shot was snapped).

Taborn was released from custody yesterday after posting $800 bond. She is scheduled for an initial hearing tomorrow in Porter County Superior Court. (2 pages)