Two large fights elicit response by police

Just hours apart, there were two large fights that required a heavy police presence late Saturday and early Sunday morning.

The riot at about 11 p.m. on Saturday night was reported at the Forum, but it wasn't just one fight at the location. There were several fights inside and outside the facility that erupted. A caller told Sunnyside police a gun may have been involved in one of the many brawls taking place.

Police officers detained four individuals from the Beverly/Mattawa area into custody. Alejandro T. Rivera, 18, is being held on requested charges of possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana, fourth degree assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lusio Lemos, 21, was taken into custody on a requested charge of disorderly conduct; Guadalupe Gonzalez, 22, was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant; and a juvenile, male, 17, was arrested on a requested charge of fourth degree assault.

It was just two hours later at about 1 a.m. on Sunday morning when police were called to Egley's Sports Bar on East Edison Avenue for another fight involving approximately 10 individuals. While the caller was on the phone with dispatch, there was melee in the background and the dispatcher told officers she believed she heard gunfire.

Police say one individual involved fired his gun in the air upon leaving the scene in a vehicle, according to police. Officers pursued the vehicle and were able to conduct a traffic stop at East Franklin Avenue and South Sixth Street. The driver, Rodrigo Rodriguez, 22, was taken into custody on requested charges of resisting arrest and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Milton Garcia, 23, was the passenger of the vehicle and he was taken into custody on requested charges of discharging a firearm and carrying a concealed pistol without a license. He also had an outstanding warrant.

Four other shots fired calls have been received by Sunnyside police since last Thursday. At about 10:15 a.m. on Thursday an individual in the 600 block of Skyline Drive believed he heard two gunshots in the area. Officers investigating the call found the cause of the sound was a BB gun being shot in an orchard nearby.

Last Friday a resident in the 1400 block of East Edison Avenue believe she heard several shots fired in the area. Officers were unable to locate evidence of gunfire. Also on Friday a resident in the 600 block of East Harrison Avenue told police he witnessed a man exit a vehicle and fire a weapon before jumping back into the vehicle and fleeing the scene. Officers investigating the call found the suspect had fired several shots at individuals who had been throwing rocks. The suspect was unable to be located and the victims, those who'd been throwing the rocks, were uncooperative, according to police.

Two callers this past Saturday told police they heard shots fired on East North Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. One of the callers told officers two vehicles were involved in the incident, one chasing the other. Further details were not available as of press time.

Sunnyside police have also since last Thursday responded to eight more fights, two reports of controlled substance problems, an assault, a report of child abuse or neglect, 10 suspicious activity calls, two reports of threatening incidents, 15 traffic problems and a report of a weapon offense. Officers also provided four agency assists, recovered a stolen vehicle and served five arrest warrants.


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