Victim recounts snow day attack at Warner Robins High; 2 arrests made

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 5, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Two teens have been arrested in connection with an attack in front of Warner Robins High School while school was out due to snow.

Shymalik Raekwon Mitchell, 17, of Warner Robins, was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault, according to a news release from the Warner Robins Police Department.

Terrell Antonio Boyd, 17, also of Warner Robins, was charged with battery. Additional arrests may be pending as the investigation continues, the release said.

According to police, a group of about 30 people were having a snowball fight at the high school Jan. 29. Members of the group allegedly were jumping on vehicles in the parking lot, and when one of the vehicle’s owners asked them to stop, they allegedly attacked that person and three others who came to his aid.

A photo of the fight circulated widely on social media. One of the victims said a person associated with the alleged assailants took the photo, and it was originally posted making light of the attack. It rapidly circulated on the Internet, and investigators used the picture to identify the suspects.

The victim, a 27-year-old man from Byron, asked not to be identified because he and the other three victims have children in the school system and fear reprisal. He said they went to Demon Valley to take their children sledding, and while they were there a group of people in front of the school was having a snowball fight.

The wife of one of the men in the sledding group stayed in their van with their infant child. When members of the group having the snowball fight began hitting the van, the victim said, the woman got out and asked them to stop.

At that point, he said, someone hit her with a snowball, and part of the snowball landed on the baby. The woman’s husband then approached, asked the group to stop and was attacked, he said. He and two other men in the sledding group who came to his aid were assaulted. He said no one in the sledding group instigated physical contact.

The victim said three of them, including himself, suffered concussions, and one had two cracked ribs. Members of the sledding group were white, and those involved in the snowball fight were black. He said the attackers yelled racial comments at them during the assault.

He said they did not call for an ambulance because their first concern was to remove their children from the scene. As the adrenaline wore off later, he said, they realized they were injured and sought treatment.

He said he thinks about 30 people were directly involved in the attack, and he hopes there will be more arrests. He said one female in the group having the snowball fight tried to stop the attack, and she was “thrown back.” Other than the female, he said, “there was not one innocent bystander.”

He said it ended when one of the wives dialed 911 and started reading out license plate numbers in the parking lot. When the group realized that, they stopped and fled.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Justin Clark at 478-302-5384 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 478-742-2330. Information also can be submitted anonymously through TipSubmit by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637) and including keyword WRPD in the body of the text.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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