Police reports said calls came in around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29 regarding the fight. Reports added that the perpetrators had scattered in different directions whencivilians attempted to stop the fight.
Reports said the incident apparently started between two groups of people in the pedestrian plaza area of downtown. The incident occurred in the plaza bathrooms where three male juveniles came up behind another person and pulled what appeared to be guns and demanded the victim give the trio his money.
The victim was then pistol-whipped on the head with the gun causing an injury that later required treatment. The gun broke, so the victims assumed that it was not a real firearm, the report added.
A fight ensued and a female member from the victimized group tried to intervene in the fight in the bathroom, the report said. One of the attackers allegedly showed a weapon to her and threatened to kill her, according to the report.
The report said the suspects that attacked their victims then scattered, with the victims chasing them down as they ran towards Terra Springs. The groups later met and started fighting again, the report added.
According to witnesses, the group that attacked the robbery victims then split in different directions towards Terra Springs, a dock and up Main Street in the direction of a gas station, the report said.
Police began a manhunt and took four people into custody. Another alleged suspect was identified as Matt Klinefelter and arrested at his car in the parking lot near The Lofts where the second fight allegedly occurred, the report said. Klinefelter was later identified as a suspect by the victims., the report added. Klinefelter allegedly had three phones in his possession that belonged to other people involved in the incident.
Two individuals involved in the incident agreed to be questioned by the police, the report said.
One juvenile told officers that his friends who jumped the victim in the bathroom told him they would need him to protect them if things got out of hand before the incident occurred, but he denied both knowing what happened in the bathroom or possessing a gun, the report said. Police asked if it was a bad drug deal but the individual could not say for sure.
Meanwhile, one of the victims told officers the incident was not a drug deal and said it could have possibly been just a random act of violence. The female victim, according to police reports, hasn’t been in to talk with investigators.
The altercation resulted in a 17-year-old being cited for minor consumption, a 16-year-old arrested for first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, and Klinefelter being arrested for first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, and a 17-year-old being cited for minor consumption.
The case has been forwarded to the Washington County Attorney’s office for charging.
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