Monday, March 5, 2012

Three arrested at Muncie music hall in tussle with police-security officers

MUNCIE IN March 5 2012 -- An alleged melee between state excise police officers and patrons of a downtown Muncie music hall led to three arrests early Friday.
Preliminarily charged with battery to a police officer are Carthel Dupree Wills, 18; Brandon Lee Farmer, 19, and Bryce Renee Redwine.
The alleged incident began around 1 a.m. Friday at Doc's Music Hall, 215 S. Walnut, according to a probable cause affidavit. Indiana State Excise Police officers Cory Brainard and Brandon Thomas were working inside the business when a male subject who was being asked by a security guard to leave reportedly refused to do so.
As Thomas began to escort the man out of the business, he continued to resist orders, according to the report. The officer and the patron both fell to the ground as Thomas attempted to place him in handcuffs.
At that point, according to police, Wills, Farmer and Redwine "began to jump in to fight Officer Thomas" off the man. Officer Brainard, who repeatedly told the trio he and Thomas were law enforcement officers, then made an unsuccessful attempt to pull them off Thomas.
"None of the subjects stopped and continued striking Officer Thomas in the face and head," Brainard wrote.
Wills, Farmer and Redwine were each eventually taken into custody; Thomas, meanwhile, was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where he received treatment for his injuries.
Friday morning's incident came during the fourth week of an Indiana State Excise Police pilot program targeted at curbing underage drinking problems at or near Ball State University.
Since its inception Feb. 6, the Intensified College Enforcement -- or ICE -- program has resulted in more than 70 excise police citations in Muncie.
Local court records reflect no prior charges or convictions for Wills, Farmer or Redwine.

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