Uninvited strangers to party fight repeatedly, draw blood
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Three uninvited strangers recently crashed a party at an apartment complex before getting into a bloody fist and knife fight.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the complex where a man at the bottom of the staircase was “unresponsive, sitting in an upright position with his eyes open, and two strings of drool several inches long coming from his mouth …” according to a Summit County Sheriff’s Office report.
The man, later identified as Peter, had a fresh cut on his chin and fresh drops of blood on his left shoe. One deputy shook Peter’s shoulder, startling him.
“(Peter) told me that he and a friend were at a party when he had to choke out a guy who got out of hand with a knife,” according to the report.
He explained that he was at a party where the person pulled out the knife and started scaring people. He said he wrestled the knife away from the man (later identified as Frank) and choked him into unconsciousness. Peter said he couldn’t remember how he ended up on the staircase, where the fight happened or much else because he’d had too much to drink.
Because Peter was not at the apartment complex legally, security asked that charges be brought against him. Deputies arrested him and found 11 grams of marijuana.
Another deputy spoke with Frank, who said he was at a party when he got into a fight with someone who choked him into a blackout. He said two assailants followed him into a building and assaulted him again. He never mentioned a knife, according to the report.
Paul, who had called the police and claimed to be a victim of assault, said Frank pulled a knife at the party, was scaring people and was told to leave. He said Frank later “busted” back into the party and punched Paul with a closed fist to the mouth, causing “extreme pain and significant bleeding …” according to the report.
Paul said he ran away when Frank and Peter began fighting in the apartment.
Deputies spoke with the owner of the apartment, who had recently arrived from a foreign country and was celebrating her arrival with friends. She said Peter, Paul and Frank appeared uninvited and unknown to the residents, and they drank beer for a couple hours without any problems.
She said a friend later saw Frank acting “crazy” with a knife. He was asked to leave and later returned to punch Paul in the face. The residents locked themselves inside the apartment because they were scared of Frank, according to the SCSO report.
Frank returned to the unit with an open knife in his hand and was asked to leave again – but didn’t leave until knocking on the door for a “long time,” according to the report.
Peter was booked at Summit County Jail on charges of third-degree assault for choking Frank, third-degree trespassing for remaining at the complex without permission, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana “without legal justification” and possession of drug paraphernalia for rolling papers and a glass container with suspect marijuana residue, according to the report.
The next morning, Peter said he and Paul had fought Frank downstairs after Paul got punched in the mouth. He said a couple of fights ensued and ended after Frank pulled the knife on Peter and Peter choked him out, according to the report.
Peter found a cut on his abdomen and believed it was from Frank’s knife. Medical personnel examined the wound and found it to be superficial, not requiring further care.
The case is under investigation, according to the report.
Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or email@example.com.
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