MANCHESTER — Police say three teens face assault and riot charges in connection with a large brawl involving baseball bats Sunday afternoon.
Manchester Police Sgt. Tim Patterson said officers were called to 141 Laurel St. around 5:15 p.m. to investigate reports of a large street fight in progress.
"When officers arrived, they described the scene as looking like a large block party, there were so many people," Patterson said.
He estimated the fight involved around 40 people, many swinging baseball bats at each other.
According to Patterson, Manchester police arrested Hector Velez, 18, of 269 Central St., in connection with the brawl. Velez was charged with three counts of second-degree assault, one count of riot and one count of criminal mischief.
Police also arrested Ahmed Shehabeldin, 19, of 1436 Elm St., No. 12, on second-degree assault and riot charges. A third Manchester youth, 16, was arrested following the fight and faces a riot charge.
Sgt. Brian N. O'Keefe said an initial confrontation happened near Velez' residence, in the area of Central and Maple streets, a short time before the free-for-all on Laurel Street.
Velez is accused of hitting David Weekly of Manchester with a baseball bat, causing head and rib injuries. Weekly was transported to Elliot Hospital for treatment of the injuries described as not life-threatening by police.
Velez also allegedly attacked Kevin Jenkins Jr., also of Manchester. Jenkins suffered an arm injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Of an
Shehabeldin is accused of hitting Alfred Nyonee of Manchester with a stick, causing an unknown injury.
Police said it took 16 officers to restore order to the area.
Patterson said more arrests could follow in the coming days, once detectives interview the three teens.
"There could also be additional victims that come forward," said Patterson.
Patterson said police do not know if drugs or alcohol played a part in the brawl, or what may have sparked the fight.
All three teens will be arraigned Monday in 9th Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.