ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Paul Police are looking into as series of recent fights. They report three large brawls occurring between May 5 and May 9.
Police say the first was around 6:30 p.m. at Dunning Stadium. Callers reported to police 50 or so kids chasing each other around and fighting. Some were armed with baseball bats. By the time officers arrived, everyone was gone. No injuries were reported.
The second brawl happened later that night at Harriet Island. Around 8 p.m. police were called to the area for a large group of young adults fighting. They arrived to find the group there, but not fighting. They were told to leave the area.
Police say they patrolled the area and were received a report of a male being assaulted. Witnesses identified the suspect responsible for the assault and officers made an arrested the person for possession of an assault weapon (baseball bat) and disorderly conduct. Police say the victim, however, was uncooperative and declined any medical attention.
Around 5:30 p.m. on May 9, police received a report of a large fight at the Linwood Recreation Center. Officers arrived to find about 20 people, many of them leaving the area.
One male was found with head and hand injuries. He told investigators he was walking to the park when the group suddenly jumped him, hitting him with bats and possibly rocks.
Regions Hospital received reports of other young men showing up to the hospital with similar injuries.
Police report most of the victims are not cooperating with police. Investigators say they'd like to find the cause of the fights to prevent further violence adding they are not random incidents.
Police say they'll continue to provide extra patrols in these areas.