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Teen hits another with brick over head

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Two local teens are facing felony charges for a Sundayevening fight in which a man was beat with a brick and a bat.

A 17-year-old East Madison Street boy was charged with felonious assault and obstruction. Police also issued a felonious assault warrant for Trae Caffey, 19, of Port Clinton.

A resident called Sandusky police at about 8 p.m. Sunday and said a group of 50 people had begun fighting with baseball bats at a park near Huron Avenue and Elm Street.

While most of the group had scattered by the time police arrived, officers were able to round up a few stragglers who offered their own accounts of the brawl.

Officers spoke with a bleeding 35-year-old First Street man who first said he was not involved, then admitted he was part of the scuffle.

A nearby resident had alerted the man after she saw a group of kids approaching the man’s son and other boys while they played basketball in the park, according to a Sandusky police report.

The man darted to the park, where he saw a group of boys surrounding his son. When the man entered the fray, the 17-year-old Madison Street boy struck him in the back of the head with a brick, the report said.

Caffey then allegedly struck the man with a baseball bat. Officers did not find Caffey at the scene, so they issued a warrant for his arrest.

A 15-year-old McDonough Street boy was also arrested following the incident, as he allegedly ran from police and was carrying tobacco when he was caught.

The 17-year-old, meanwhile, denied being involved. He did say the First Street man pulled a knife before the man was struck with a brick, the report said.

An elderly woman later called police to explain the fight’s origin. The woman said it stemmed from a February incident in which the 17-year-old’s brother was jumped by members of a local gang.

On Saturday, the brother went to a family party that was an alleged setup, where he was again assaulted by gang members, the woman told police. The boy’s grandmother was later awoken by several teens in front of her home, holding bats, shovels and metal pipes, the report said.

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