An unexpected fight broke out at 3 a.m. in Bayonne, New Jersey leaving one man in a coma and several others in police custody, many of which will face were juvenile criminal charges.
The brawl developed when a 22-year-old Rutgers University graduate made a late-night stop at a convenience store with friends after a night of playing video games, watching soccer and drinking at a nearby Italian restaurant.
As an older group of males was leaving a house party they ran into a younger crowd, comprised of several individuals already with a criminal history. Members of the younger group asked members of the older group for a cigarette, but no one in the older group had one, so they continued walking down the street.
Those inquiring about a cigarette allegedly hurled curses and threats at the group, and the attack ensued.
Witnesses in the older group said approximately 15 younger kids poured into the fight, punching and kicking as bodies flayed around on the pavement. A surveillance camera captured the fight.
The 22-year-old Rutgers grad absorbed the brunt of the violence, left lying unconscious on the sidewalk drenched in blood.
Police arrested nine juveniles, ranging in age from 14 to 18. The juveniles face rioting and endangering an injured victim charges. Five of them picked up an additional aggravated assault charge and one other for stealing the man’s wallet.
One adult was also arrested and is being held on $50,000 bond.
Race did not appear to be an issue in the altercation as members of the attacking group consisted of black, white and Latino teens.
Meanwhile, friends of the injured man have been developing ways to raise money for his impending medical bills.
Source: The Daily Reporter “Middle-of-the-night flash melee leaves NJ man in coma, 8 juveniles, 1 adult under arrest” July 15, 2011