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.
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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.
•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.