Large fight in Youngstown leads to arrests on riot charges; assault on police officer
The Youngstown police responded to a 'large fight break out' on early Sunday in the parking lot of the Voinovich Center around 1 a.m.
According to the police report, several females were reportedly fighting, and several males were verbally combative with officers at the scene. Officers encountered a large group of people fighting, and some of the people were knocked to the ground. Officers attempted to stop the group fighting and announced the first officer on the scene yelled "pepper spray," but the group continued to battle.
Multiple combatants were sprayed with pepper spray by the officer in an attempt to break up the fight, and 16 additional officers responded to assist the first officer on the scene.
Throughout the incident, multiple people at the site refused to leave the area, and another fistfight started.
Two women were peppered sprayed but continued to fight.
An officer was knocked to the ground while attempting to break up the people fighting. Officers ordered the crowd away from the officer, but according to the report, officers had to shove back combatants from the officer on the ground. One officer reportedly arced his electric stun gun to keep officers safe. One suspect whom officers were attempting to arrest and allegedly resisting was tased in his lower back. The man was arrested but refused to provide his name to officers.
One officer reported that officers were shoved by members of the crowd while attempting to arrest one man.
One man wearing a plaid jacket refused to identify himself and made vague threats toward one officer, including naming the officer and his badge number, according to the report.
The report stated the officer who was knocked down was kicked in the head by one arrestee who was a juvenile and was transported to the Juvenile Justice Center and charged with assault on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, and Riot, M-1.
Charged in the early morning fights were:
- Earl Antwan Scott, 25, booked on Riot (M-1) and Disorderly Conduct ( M-4).
- One juvenile, assault on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, and Riot, M-1.
- John Doe, Riot (M-1) and Disorderly Conduct ( M-4).