UPDATE: Police arrest two more in Sunday's attack on Laurel Street
MANCHESTER — Police charged a former New Hampshire state representative in connection with an inner city weekend melee that involved baseball bats, one that police say was wielded by the man's son, a former city high school football star.
Hector Velez Sr., 47, of 269 Central St., turned himself in to police Tuesday and was charged with riot. Police alleged that Velez brought his son, Hector Velez Jr., 18, to Laurel Street, to "settle a dispute" with the brother of his former fellow football teammate, David Weekly, 17.
The younger Velez and Weekly both played in the Central High School football backfield, and Velez was named to the second all-state football team in 2012. Velez faces three felony assault charges, one alleging that he struck his former teammate in the face with a baseball bat.
Weekly told police that Velez also hit him in the ribs with the bat after he was knocked to the ground.
Another person injured in the confrontation was Alfred Nyonee, 17, a basketball player at West High School.
Velez Sr. served in the New Hampshire House in the 2000s and was recognized as a spokesman for the Hispanic community then. In 2002, he received the Martin Luther King Award from the statewide coalition that honors King every year.
Efforts to reach him Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Manchester police spokesman Brian O'Keefe said Velez Sr.'s only involvement appears to be that he accompanied his son to the area. Had Velez punched or struck someone, he would have been charged with assault, O'Keefe said.
O'Keefe said it's uncertain what led to the fight. One version police heard is that it started over a past-due debt on a school book.
At Central High School, interim principal John Rist said the administration is aware that a fight took place nearby. Administrators are keeping an eye out for troublemakers, and the school has remained calm, he said.
"I think they (Velez Jr. and Weekly) have both finished their careers here at Central," Rist said.
Police said the melee took place outside 141 Laurel St. It drew a crowd of about 30 people, and 18 police took a half-hour to get the situation under control. Baseball bats and sticks were swung, and two teenage boys required hospital treatment for injuries.
Also surrendering to police Tuesday was Darius Weekly, 20, of 219 Notre Dame Ave. He was charged with riot and second-degree assault.
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MANCHESTER - Police have arrested two more people in connection with a street fight on Laurel Street Sunday night. One of the men arrested is the father of a man arrested Sunday.
Turning themselves in at the police station Tuesday evening were Hector Velez Sr., 47, of 269 Central St., and Darius Weekly, 20, of 219 Notre Dame Ave., both charged with Riot. Weekly also faces an additional charge of second-degree assault.
Police say the two took part in a large fight that erupted Sunday. Police found around 30 people fighting in the area of 141 Laurel St. Police estimated it took almost a half hour and a dozen and a half police officers to put an end to the fighting and calm people enough to interview them.
Police said Velez Sr. arrived on Laurel Street with his son, Hector Jr., who was arrested Sunday, and others to "settle a dispute" between his son and David Weekly, the brother of Darius Weekly.
Police said Darius Weekly struck Brian Colon of Manchester with a stick during the brawl, yet Colon refused medical treatment at the scene.
MANCHESTER — Two teens accused of using weapons during a street fight Sunday evening on Laurel Street were arraigned Monday in Manchester District Court on riot and second-degree assault charges. Police said the two charged used a baseball bat and a stick in the assaults.
Police said a riot charge against a 16-year-old will be handled in closed juvenile court, but Hector Velez Jr., 18, of 269 Central St., and Ahmed Shehabeldin, 19, of 1436 Elm St., were arraigned in open court.
Court documents say police found fighting in the area of 141 Laurel St., where a crowd estimated at about 30 had gathered. Police estimated it took almost a half hour and a dozen and a half police officers to put an end to the fighting and calm people enough to interview them.
Two teen males sustained injuries that required medical treatment at the Elliot Hospital, although police said none was life threatening.
According to the court documents, police officer Kevin Jusza reported that he grabbed a baseball bat away from Velez, who had ignored an order to drop it.
Velez is accused of hitting a former high school football teammate, David Weekly, 17, in the face with a baseball bat. Weekly told police that Velez also hit him in the ribs with the bat, after he was knocked to the ground.
Velez is also accused of striking Kevin Jenkins, 18, in the face and right and left forearms with the bat and of hitting the hood and passenger side door of a parked vehicle at the scene while Brieanna Ottman, 20, was inside it.
Officer Michael Buckley wrote that he saw Shehabeldin hit the right arm of Alfred Nyonee, 18, with a 19-inch stick wrapped in pink tape with cross bones. But Buckley also said Shehabeldin dropped the weapon when ordered to do so.
According to police, witnesses said Velez and his father went to the Laurel Street address looking for David Weekly. Jenkins told police that after he and his father went outside, where a crowd was gathering, the two young men got into an argument. According to the elder Jenkins, Velez pulled the baseball bat out of his sweatshirt and swung at his son, striking him in right forearm and face.
At that point, said the elder Jenkins, several others in the crowd began to fight. When David Weekly approached the fight, said the elder Jenkins, Velez ran towards Weekly and hit him in the face with the bat and the fight continued until police arrived.
Velez was arraigned on one felony riot charge, three second degree assault charges and a misdmeanor of criminal mischief. Shehabeldin was arraigned on a felony riot charge and one second-degree assault charge.
Velez and Shehabeldin could enter no plea to the felony charges in Circuit Court, so probable cause hearings were set for March 12, when the mischief charge against Velez will also be addressed
Bail for Velez was set at $2,000 cash-only on the felony charges and $1,500 personal recognizance on the misdemeanor. Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety for Shehabeldin. Bail conditions bar contact with one another and with their alleged victims.