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Riot broken up by police, security guards
Trinity Standard - September 2008
TRINITY – A riot involving about 80 people erupted about 11 p.m. Saturday as the Trinity Community Fair was winding to a close on Sept. 20.
According to Police Chief Steven Jones, the incident began in the parking lot of Rudy’s Exxon located next to the Trinity Community Center where the fair was held.
Two people, including a 16-year-old juvenile male and Demitrius Wheeler, 18, both of Trinity, were detained by police and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct/fighting. Both were taken to the Trinity Police Department and subsequently released after they were issued citations.
Additional charges against others involved in the riot were pending.
No serious injuries were reported as a result of the incident, although Jones said police used pepper spray on a number of people in order to break up the riot.
“The fight appears to have begun as an argument between two black males and then escalated as family members of the two became involved,” Jones said.
As police and security personnel moved in to break up the melee, Jones said more friends and family members joined in until there were about 80 people fighting each other and police.
Jones said his officers were aided by eight Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and a 43-man private security force that had been hired by Entergy for a planned electrical worker staging point in Trinity.
The police chief said the electric utility had originally planned to set up a tent facility across Highway 19 from the community center for some of the local and out-of-state utility workers who were coming to assist with the restoration of power following Hurricane Ike.
While the staging area in Trinity was never established, Jones said Entergy did bring in the security force.