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April 5, 2012

Two hurt, four face charges in alleged fight

NEW CASTLE — An alleged fight at Crestview Gardens amassed a crowd of about 60 people.

Two people were injured and four people are facing charges as a result of the altercation.

New Castle police were called to Pin Oak Drive for a disturbance around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. When police arrived, the crowd scattered, they said, and several people were trying to get inside an apartment.

One man was bleeding heavily from the face, and the woman who lives there said her sister also had been assaulted. Police said her sister was bleeding from facial injuries and one of her eyes was swelling, police said.

The resident told officers four people had forced their way into the apartment and assaulted them. She said a set of nunchucks, a martial arts weapon, was used.

The door frame was broken and police saw blood on the floors.

Police are charging Stephen Threats, 22, of 116 N. Ray St., Michael Anthony Thomas, 22, of 114 S. Crawford Ave., Mackeya Williams, 22, of 10 St. Charles Place, and Jawan Murray, 19, of 707 Highland Ave., in connection with the alleged assaults.

Each has been charged with 10 different counts, including burglary, criminal trespass, recklessly endangering, simple assault and harassment. In addition, there are five counts of conspiracy against each defendant related to the five listed offenses, police said.

Information filed in the office of District Judge Melissa Amodie shows police picked up Thomas on the charges, and he was placed in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Threats, Williams and Murray, and police said they remain at large.

(Email: dmorris@ncnewsonline.com)

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