Fight outside Warner Robins bar and grill ends with arrests

bpurser@macon.comOctober 2, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- Eight men were arrested over the weekend after a large fight broke out in the parking lot of a Warner Robins bar and grill, according to police and sheriff’s reports released Tuesday.

Warner Robins police officers and Houston County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched early Sunday to break up a large crowd that was fighting in the parking lot of Ignite Bar & Grill at 1285 South Houston Lake Road, a sheriff’s report stated.

While on scene, officers learned from dispatch that several people had run over to the nearby Waffle House at 1287 South Houston Lake Road and were fighting in the parking lot there, according to the report.

One of the men arrested, Darius Turner, 28, of Fort Valley, was charged with felony obstruction of law enforcement officers for allegedly shoving a sheriff’s deputy who was about to arrest him for misdemeanor disorderly conduct, a police report stated. A police officer pepper sprayed Turner in the face after he shoved the sheriff’s deputy, the report stated.

Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police, said Turner was not actively fighting when approached by the sheriff’s deputy and police officer but was cursing and yelling. He took up a fighting stance when approached by the officers, Pugh said.

The deputy came up behind Turner and told him to leave, according to a sheriff’s report.

“Mr. Turner turned around, and with both hands, pushed me in the chest,” Deputy A.S. Gunn wrote in his report. “I removed my Taser (stun gun) and ... was getting ready to point it at Mr. Turner, who was balling up both fists.”

But at the same time, Warner Robins police officer Michael Moriarty came from the side of the deputy and pepper sprayed Turner, the report stated.

Turner was arrested in the Waffle House parking lot, while the seven other men were arrested in the Ignite parking lot, Pugh said.

Others arrested include Clarence Smith, 26, of Perry; Cody Juvon Mathis, 31, of Fort Valley; Jason Paul Bailey, 24, of Perry; Louis Manor, 26, of Warner Robins; Jarodius Brown, 25, of Perry; and Antoni Hubbard, 24, of Perry, according to online police and jail records. All were all charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct/failure to disperse.

Also, Jovan Damion Brown, 26, of Fort Valley, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct/misdemeanor obstruction, online police records show.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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