Police report details chaos of 75 to 100 people fighting at Canfield Fair
The Mahoning County Sheriff's office released the police report, which sheds some new light on what happened during the fight and shooting of a gun at the Canfield Fair Saturday night.
According to the police report, around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 3, two Canfield Fair Police officers walking on Coitsville Drive near Milton Drive saw four females fighting in front of the 'Beast Ride.' According to the officer's report, the officers attempted to break up the fight, but the women continued to brawl.
A Mahoning County Deputy Sheriff used pepper spray on some to stop the fighting.
The police report said that about 75 to 100 people were seen running in the direction of the fight.
The report said that the suspects began fighting and stopped and dispersed when police appeared near Smith, Bishop, and Milton Drives. The report states that the larger group divided and fled in various directions. Police were alerted of a fight happening one block south of their location. Officers observed a group with several people yelling and fighting in the center. As officers were able to get this fight broken up, another altercation was reported nearby.
Officers were advised of another fight back at Coitsville and Bishop Drives and arrived to find another group formed with other individuals fighting in the center. One officer was struck by a thrown object, which turned out to be a bucket of cheese fries. Multiple officers assisted at the scene to get the crowd under control, and numerous individuals were taken into custody.
Fair Dispatch then reported that shots were fired by Gate C.
Numerous units responded to the gate, and a Canfield Police officer engaged in a foot pursuit with a male wearing a white hoodie running south near Barn #41. Officers ordered the fleeing suspect to stop or be tased, and the suspect stopped. The officer observed the suspect tossing a handgun under a vehicle
as he ran. The report states the officer returned to the vehicle and found a gun. The weapon was a Fire Star #1925164 Caliber .9mm. The officer said there were no rounds in the chamber and no rounds in the magazine. A juvenile was taken into custody and transported to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center. It is unknown if the juvenile was aiming at anyone, but no one was hit in the fight.
The Mahoning County Court in Canfield clarified the juvenile is a 15-year-old male.
The juvenile is being charged with Criminal Trespass (M4); Disorderly Conduct (M4); Carrying a Concealed Weapon (M1) (with Specification for Forfeiture of a Weapon); Resisting Arrest (M2), and Inducing Panic (F5). He was arraigned in juvenile court on Tuesday.
Three of the four women fighting that were allegedly involved in the first fight were adults, and the report states the women resisted being arrested. One minor and three adults were taken to the Canfield Fair police Station. Arrested were Diamone Boykin, 18, of Youngstown; Antwanet Jones, 20, of Georgia; and Jalyn Boykin, 19, of Youngstown. The juvenile was released into the custody of her parents. All four were cited for disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a second misdemeanor. The women are set for another court appearance on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. after they all plead not guilty.
Six other juveniles are facing charges from the fair altercation.
Multiple police agencies responded to the late Saturday incident, including the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office, The Canfield Fair Police, and Canfield Police.
Canfield Fair officials told 21 News they are considering extra security measures for future fairs. The public is only screened if they attend the fair's concerts.
It's believed this is the first fight at the fair involving gunfire.