A River Falls police officer broke up a fight just before 2 a.m. last Thursday in the 100 block of North Main Street. The suspect, a 24-year-old Roberts man, immediately fled. He was chased around and finally caught in Veterans Park with the help of a local citizen.
The reporting officer said he came upon the suspect as he was kicking another man who was flat on his back on the sidewalk. The 34-year-old River Falls victim, who was injured but declined medical attention, claimed the suspect first elbowed him in the face, then knocked him down before the kicking began.
As he was being taken to county jail in Ellsworth, the Roberts suspect said the victim had actually hit him first. Charges for battery, disorderly conduct and violating court-ordered probation are pending against the suspect.
In the past week police also:Arrested a 27-year-old man living at 805 S. Wasson Lane for drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession last Thursday afternoon at that address. Officers were there investigating a vandalism complaint where a fire extinguisher had been tossed through a window.
Inside the man’s apartment, they claimed to have found marijuana, pipes and bongs. The man, sleeping on the couch at the time, denied the stuff was his but admitted his place was used by many to party.Arrested a 19-year-old New Richmond man for shoplifting at the downtown Holiday. The man bought a few things but also allegedly stuffed a couple of breakfast burritos down the front of his pants and left. He was found in the parking lot showing his “loot” to a friend and adding it to the items he’d bought. He was given fines for stealing and underage drinking. He also will be asked to pay restitution to Holiday for the unsalable stolen burritos.Arrested a 17-year-old local girl for underage drinking at the Corner Saloon around midnight Saturday. An officer was in the bar checking out another underage drinker who was legal because he was with his mother. The girl allegedly tried to claim that the young man’s mother was also her mother, but the woman said that wasn’t so. The girl was booked at the police station and then released to her real mother.Cited a 21-year-old UW-River Falls student for public urination in a business doorway at 109 N. Main St. at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The 21-year-old allegedly had a buddy watching his back as he urinated toward the business. As an officer approached, the buddy said, “Dude, the cops are coming.” The student allegedly stopped urinating and tried to open the door handle, as if entering the building. The door, however, was locked because it was the middle of the night. The student instead had to turn and face the officer, who gave him a $109 fine.Cited a 22-year-old UW-RF student for riding his bicycle on downtown sidewalks Sunday at 12:15 a.m. Two officers claimed they yelled and motioned for the cyclist to stop. He didn’t until they caught up with him at the intersection of Main and Cascade. The student said he couldn’t hear what the officers were yelling because he was plugged into his iPod. He was still given a $58.60 fine.
For more, read Police Beat in the May 6 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
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