Shuck and Jive

Monday, January 26, 2009

At Least Three Involved in Fight

Update: According to the Johnson City Police Department blog, a 19 year old male has been arrested and charged with one count of reckless homicide. He is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

This was just posted in the Johnson City Press by Rex Barber:

A Telford man died Monday from an injury he suffered in a fight at a local night club early Sunday morning, police said.

The Johnson City Police Department was searching for the person or people who fought with James Lewis, 48, 644 New Victory Road, Telford, outside New Beginnings, 2910 Bristol Highway, about 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

According to police, Lewis was unconscious on the ground when officers arrived at the club, which caters to a gay clientele. Paramedics took Lewis to Johnson City Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. He died early Monday afternoon, said JCPD Sgt. Kevin Peters.

Lewis had a head injury, but it was unclear how many times or where he was punched, Peters said.

“All we know right now is that there were some punches thrown,” Peters said. “We don’t know how many.”

No warrants have been issued in the incident, so police have not said what charges could be filed. Police said three people may have been fighting.

“Right now what our investigation has revealed is that there was at least three people involved in the fight,” Peters said. “Don’t know exactly their roles, but there was at least three involved.”

The genders of the others and the reason for the fight were not known.

“We’re still putting together some stuff on that,” Peters said of the motive for the fight. “Don’t really know at this point in time.”

Investigators do have several leads in the case, Peters said.

“We’ve got a couple of people we’re looking at right now,” he said. “People of interest to us.”

Anyone with information about the fight is asked to call the Johnson City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 434-6166, or to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 434-6158.

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