Crime & Courts

Police: ‘Fashion show tension’ prompted assault at Rock Hill nonprofit


A Rock Hill woman arrested Wednesday admitted to assaulting another woman during an argument over a dress for an upcoming fashion show at a local nonprofit, according to Rock Hill Police.

Elizabeth Ann Harrison, 54, of Spring View Court was charged with third-degree assault and battery. She was placed in the Rock Hill city jail and released Thursday on a personal recognizance bond.

Harrison and another woman on Wednesday got into an argument at Restore Our Community over an upcoming fashion show the clients were preparing for, according to a police report. An employee told police she saw the two women arguing about “who was going to wear a particular dress in the show.”

The witness said Harrison punched the victim in the face, then jumped on top of her, knocked her to the ground and continually punched her, police said. Harrison reportedly pushed the witness back when she tried to intervene, causing her to fall into a mirror and break it. Staff members eventually separated the women.

The victim told police she argued back after Harrison began “berating” her about the dress, at which point Harrison attacked her.

A ROC volunteer told police “the fashion show tension has been ongoing” between Harrison and the victim, and that Harrison has a “bad temper,” the report states.

Harrison said she and the victim got into an argument after the victim made a comment on the dress, the report states. She said the victim “chest bumped” her, at which point she “snapped” and struck the victim.

The fashion show, ROC the Runway, is a fundraiser scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. Clients will be modeling the outfits and volunteers are coordinating it, according to Iris Hubbard, director of ROC Central.

“We’re all planning for that, there’s a lot going on and I think tempers flared a little,” Hubbard said of Wednesday’s incident.

ROC declined to press charges or to place Harrison on trespass notice.

“We’re here as a community resource for those who are underserved,” Hubbard said. “The people who come to us for services and shelter and to have a sense of community are just like everyday people. I just think tempers got a little out of hand. We’re not going preclude her from coming here or press charges. It would be a great disservice to ban her.”

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082