Gang brawl leads to arrests

Sandusky police arrested 13 people allegedly involved in a gang-related brawl on Fox Run Trail, with charges pending for six others.
Courtney Astolfi
Aug 30, 2013

It was nothing short of pandemonium at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the hallway of a Fox Run Trail apartment building. When police arrived, they found blood on the walls and the remnants of shattered glass bottles, although those at the center of the mayhem had already fled the scene.

Not until detectives reviewed the apartment’s surveillance footage were they able to determine it stemmed from a turf dispute between Sandusky gang members and “Detroit boys,” Sandusky police Sgt. Dana Newell said.

The video (portion can be viewed in the player to the right) shows more than a dozen people — police and witnesses later identified them as Detroit natives — filing into two apartments on the same floor. Within minutes, at least 20 Sandusky men and teenagers then rushed a staircase and began exchanging words with the Detroit group in a hallway.

Anyone with information can call Sandusky detectives at 419-627-5863

The video shows the suspects throwing glass bottles and various items at each other, with some of the assailants allegedly carrying knives, frying pans, sticks and even a crowbar. One Detroit man used a BB gun to shoot at two boys, who were both struck in the torso.  

Some of the suspects appeared to be holding their frenzied friends at bay until one Sandusky man punched the other group’s apparent leader, police said. The confrontation then erupted into an all-out brawl. At one point, at least five of the Detroit men cornered a Sandusky boy in a doorway, where they proceeded to kick and punch him, Newell said.

“No one was seriously hurt, thankfully,” Newell said. “But the possibility of innocent people getting injured during something like this, we’re not going to tolerate it. We’re going to aggressively pursue any situation like this.” Security footage shows 20 minutes of confrontation before police were alerted to the fight.

“We’re trying to stop these type of behaviors, but we can’t do it alone,” Newell said. “We need the community to contact us when these things happen. People need to just quit taking it.”

On Wednesday, Sandusky police were joined by Erie County deputies and officers from Perkins, Huron and Cedar Point in rounding up 13 of the Sandusky men and boys who were allegedly involved. About 25 officers went out in teams, making simultaneous arrests around the city.

“We knew from previous incidents that if you don’t get them all, they’re going to start texting and using social media, and the others will go into hiding,” Newell said.

Each person arrested was charged with participating in criminal gang activity, aggravated rioting, burglary and complicity to vandalism. Additionally, the teens involved were cited with curfew violations.

The adults charged all remain in the Erie County jail on $40,000 bond apiece.

They are:
•Shalon Shelton, 19, 1500 block Lindsley St.
•Devonte Turner, 19, 400 block Camp St.
•Jaylyne Dickerson, 18, 800 block Polk St.
•Jason Kubitz, 19, 1100 block McKinley St.
•Jaterius Light, 18, 800 block Perry St.
The teens charged are:
•Boy, 14, 2000 block Fox Run Trail
•Boy, 16, 1800 block Third St.
•Boy, 16, 900 block Carr St.
•Boy, 16, 1300 block W. Larchmont Drive
•Boy, 16, 300 block Fulton St.
•Boy, 16, 1500 block Clinton St.
•Boy, 17, 1600 block Oakmont Lane
•Boy, 17, 600 block Shelby St.

Police also drew up arrest warrants for six others allegedly involved, including Dameyion Smith, 19, of the 2000 block of Second St., and five boys ages 14 to 17.
Newell said police are still receiving information about the Detroit men. “As soon as we can verify names, they’ll be charged,” Newell said. “They’ll receive the same treatment as the Sandusky gentlemen for the acts they have done.”

In recent weeks, information has been trickling in about the Detroit group’s presence in Sandusky.  “They’ve been here for a little bit,” Newell said.



looking around

Put them all in a cage and give them a tire to play with!

Simple Enough II

That's bad.....


No, what's bad is that their conduct renders his comment apropos.


The ones that should have school the next day , should have a sit down with school super. Sanders, he should threaten to throw them out of school, unless they get with it and straighten up . Any father figures for these thugs? 12:30 am Sunday night? Are they even in school? Could these be the disrupters in class? Sometimes you gotta cut them loose in school to save the good education of other students.


Finally got around to watching the video. It's like watching Westside Story. A lot of dancing but no punches were thrown...wth? Why were the police called? Did they ever succeed in breaking the door on the right? That poor thing took a beating.



Give 'em all guns so they can kill each other.


Bring Back the draft ! Dump stupid obama mama followers


Let me guess, all they had in their pockets was Skittles and Iced Tea?

Stop It

*sparkling wiggles!* :)


Best belly laugh I've had in a long time. Video is funny.


LOL I love how tough they all act and then they practically trample each other running back into the apartment like scared little girls. That is hilarious!

The New World Czar

Just a bunch of energetic and proud young men partaking in late-night shenanigans. Surely those who didn't get arrested helped clean up the mess and had their parents take them home for a good night's sleep.


If Obama had a son he would look like the one, second to the right, no shirt, no hat.

The Answer Person

No that was your mama. Guess they all look alike to you.


yo yo yo, wheres Zimmer when you need him?


Much ado about nothing. Looks like they were all just running their mouths and "beating their chests", all talk and no action, unless you want to consider property damage. None of them would survive in South Chicago.


Hey Obama send them to Syria....just a

Capt. Ford

The recorded video is not a brawl, just a lot of posturing, sorry for the building managers luck, the article did point out that the melee took 20 min. before PD response.I really do wish the responsible residents peace


I was at work when they came in to ask about a particular person whose grandmother turned him in and told the police where he worked. I told them they had better guard all doors so he does not escape and they did.


I have to laugh that every time they act like this they say the police are racial profiling LOL Are you serious??? Wow..............Blame it on everyone else but your own DUMB A$$. Quit looking for excuses and act human for a change!


They should learn how to play basketball.


If they only had a brain and we had sound it would have been the icing on the cake and Sandusky's youtube video of the year.

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the unsilent ma...

Lets call it exactly how it is. Sparkling wiggles!


That term is just as stupid now as when you first started using it. Be a man and call them what you really mean. Aww that's right, you can't can you?


Clearly Sandusky is a horrible place to be a glass door. Grown men and little boys will run from each other in total fear, while acting fearless, but poor glass doors just get kicked in for no reason. I'm starting a "Save the Glass Doors" march tomorrow, if anyone cares to join! We can't allow these ruffians to revert us back to the days of doors we can't see through! What if there's a bear on the other side of the door?!? If it's completely wooden, or metal, I won't know, and I'll get eaten by a bear. This is an issue that clearly affects us all! Wait... I suppose we could just put peepholes on the wooden and metal doors so we could see the bears. Yeah. We'll just do that. Attention everyone! The "Save the Glass Doors" march for tomorrow has been cancelled due to peepholes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you, and any bears.


Sorry to hear of the cancellation. I would like to save all glass doors and bears, as well. I think I will save peepholes, too and buy security cameras to watch over my steel doors. Hopefully, the bears won't think I am invading their privacy.


What am I watching ? A Keystone Cops movie ?


Just a bunch of dumb stupid n words that should be shipped back to there father land they love so much !!!


If it weren't for the fact that there were doubtless at least a FEW decent and innocent people around, I'd say the cops should just form a perimeter and let them all kill each other. It'd sure save a lot of money and trouble in the present, and probably a lot of money and lives for the future if only they did!


LOL, enjoyed the entertainment. Looks like a frat party gone bad. With all the swaying back and forth, I would guess there was too much pot and booze that evening. They better call 911 for that front door, she took a beating from those boyz!